"When an expert writes that money spent on vehicles for rural medicine is a state loss, this means that we shouldn’t be helping people that need this in rural areas, and this means that if you follow their conclusions, nothing should be done to protect the health of people living in villages," Yulia Tymoshenko told reporters after a newly five-hour interrogation at the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) today.
She said it’s strange that investigators from the PGO don’t classify presidential helicopters and planes purchased by the current government as state losses. "I also didn’t read in the report by this expert that transferring funds to Yanukovych’s son, to Klyuev’s account, to the accounts of other government officials is considered a loss, but the transfer of money to pay for vehicles that deliver medical assistance to people in villages is considered a loss. This is extreme cynicism," she added.
"This is disturbing. I think that sooner or later in Ukraine they’ll stop breaking the backs of officials, investigators and politicians through intimidation, and will start to create conditions for people not to decline morally, but to hold a moral position, a legal position, and defend the law, justice and fairness. Today, unfortunately, everything is quite different," Yulia Tymoshenko said.
As reported, the Prosecutor General’s Office has launched a criminal investigation into losses incurred to the state treasury from the purchase of 1,000 Opel Combo vehicles in 2009.
Yulia Tymoshenko stated that as part of her government’s program for rural medicine, ambulances were not purchased, but rather vehicles that could transport doctors to patients. The cost of these vehicles was ten times less than the cost of ambulances.
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