A Ukrainian court sentenced on April 12 former acting Defense Minister Valeriy Ivashchenko to five years in jail for abuse of office.
Ivashchenko, who served in then-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s government from June 2009 to March 2010, was arrested in August 2010 over his alleged involvement in the illegal privatization of a shipbuilding plant in the Crimean port of Feodosiya, which caused an estimated $8.8 million in damages to Ukraine’s budget.
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