An outsider might find it strange that Ukraine would intensify its fight against corruption at this moment, when missiles are falling on cities and people are fleeing for their lives.
However, anti-graft agencies have reopened an old investigation into a government scheme that they claim resulted in overpayments of more than $1 billion by electricity customers, as well as a case that was put on hold in 2020 regarding the alleged theft of more than $350 million in assets and money from a state-controlled oil company.
They assert that it would also be essential to achieving a status that ensures Ukraine’s long-term security from any potential aggression: membership in the European Union, which stipulates that combating corruption is a need before candidacy negotiations can start.
In reference to Western funders, Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, first deputy leader of the parliamentary committee on anti-corruption policy, stated, “It’s vitally crucial right now for Ukraine to present itself as a predictable partner.”
In reality, Ukraine is engaged in two battles at once: an external conflict with Russia and an internal conflict with its own corrupt post-Soviet past.