19 Jul 2022 16:45

Rada sets up ad hoc commission to monitor weapons supplied to Ukraine by int'l partners

MOSCOW. July 19 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has set up an ad hoc commission to monitor the receipt and use of weapons and other military hardware being supplied to Ukraine by its international partners during martial law.

Ukrainian media have reported that draft resolution No. 7563 was supported by 314 parliamentarians at a plenary session on Tuesday.

The commission will be tasked with preparing legislative initiatives on creating a model of parliamentary control over the use of international military-technical assistance Ukraine receives from its allies.

At the same time, the commission would have to collect and analyze information for holding parliamentary hearings on instances of inappropriate or unauthorized transportation, distribution, or use of such international aid.

"Over a dozen international partners have supplied Ukraine with various types of weapons to date. However, propaganda, including that spread in foreign countries, is actively alleging that Ukraine is using weapons provided by its international partners inappropriately," an explanatory note to the bill says.

"Ukraine should show to the entire world that the procedures of transporting international material-technical aid, distributing it in the frontline, and using it are transparent and free from any corruptive or other negative factors," it says.

The commission is to be comprised of 15 parliamentarians from all factions and groups. According to the draft resolution, the commission might be led by Rustem Umerov, and Oleksandr Zavitnevych of the Servant of the People faction, head of the Committee on National Security, Defense, and Intelligence, has been nominated as Umerov's deputy.

The commission's term of powers has been tentatively set at one year. The commission will have to present an interim report on its work in half a year after its establishment.