The newly appointed director of NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine), Semen Kryvonos, has met with G7 and EU ambassadors, the NABU's press service reported on March 16.

 

The director assured the ambassadors that he would ensure the independence of the bureau's detective investigations and organize work in a way that its results would be appreciated by Ukrainian society and international partners.

 

“I know what an important role international partners played and continue to play in the life of NABU, and how your support helps us find a way out of the most difficult situations and circumstances. I sincerely thank you both as a citizen of Ukraine and as an official for believing in our victory and helping both on the anti-corruption and military battlefield,” Kryvonos said.

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Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine, said that ambassadors are closely monitoring the implementation of reforms.

 

“Helping Ukraine in the fight against corruption is one of our priorities. Now more than ever, it is important to ensure the independence of anti-corruption institutions, their capacity, and active communication with society and international partners,” Kuninori stressed.

 

Christopher Smith, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Ukraine, added Ukraine is currently waging two wars - "one is against Russia and another one against corruption." And the US, according to Smith, supports Ukraine equally in both.

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Describing the first steps in his position, Kryvonos pointed to a number of challenges that the National Bureau faces in preparing to counter and prevent corruption during the future reconstruction of Ukraine.

These are, in particular, an insufficient number of operational and technical personnel and detectives, problems with expert examinations in proceedings, and improvement of the crisis communications process.

 

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Regular rotation of key decision making and administrative staff is a useful defence against embedded or systemic corruption, Random independent forensic audits.should be a mandatory part of control and oversight efforts.

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