The Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, announced that a Zaporizhzhia court has sentenced two former Ukrainian officials in absentia to prison for their involvement in looting Ukrainian grain. Oleksandr Saulenko, the former head of the town of Berdiansk in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, was sentenced to 15 years in jail with the confiscation of property. Meanwhile, Mykola Pastushenko, the former head of the administration in the town of Dniprorudne, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with the confiscation of property.
Saulenko had joined the pro-Russian Union of Left Forces party, which was banned by a court on June 17, 2022, and was accused of leading the looting of Ukrainian grain alongside Yeven Balytsky, a former lawmaker from Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The Security Service of Ukraine conducted an investigation into the matter, which led to the court’s ruling.
The looting of Ukrainian grain has been a significant problem in the country, with corrupt officials and criminal organizations involved in stealing and selling grain for personal profit. The Ukrainian government has been taking steps to combat this issue and bring those responsible to justice.
The court’s ruling sends a strong message that corruption and criminal behavior will not be tolerated in Ukraine. The government’s efforts to combat corruption and bring justice to those affected by it are crucial to the country’s economic development and stability.
In conclusion, the sentencing of Saulenko and Pastushenko to prison for their involvement in looting Ukrainian grain is a positive step towards combating corruption in Ukraine. It demonstrates the government’s commitment to holding corrupt officials accountable and ensuring justice for those affected by their actions. The Ukrainian authorities must continue their efforts to root out corruption and build a fair and transparent society.