8 persons were informed about the suspicion in the case of "Ukrnafta" - NABU

8 persons were informed about the suspicion in the case of “Ukrnafta” – NABU

On September 2, 2022, NABU and SAP reported the suspicion of the seizure of property and funds of PJSC “Ukrnafta” (50%+1 share belongs to the state JSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”) in the amount of more than UAH 13.3 billion to 8 persons.

This was reported by the NABU press service.

Among those persons to whom suspicion was announced:

  • former chairman of the board of PJSC “Ukrnafta”;
  • former deputy head of the department for sales of oil, gas and oil and gas processing products at Ukrnafta PJSC;
  • former head of the department of control over accounting and supplies of oil and oil products of PJSC “Ukrnafta”;
  • former directors of 5 commercial enterprises. One of them was detained in accordance with Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.

The actions of the suspects are classified under Part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

From 2011 to August 2015, the position of chairman of the board of Ukrnafta was held by the Belgian Peter Vanheke.

According to the investigation, during March-August 2015, a number of LLCs were recognized as winners at oil auctions. PJSC “Ukrnafta” concluded sales contracts with them and supplied raw materials in the amount of UAH 10.7 billion.

According to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, the supply of oil is carried out only after full payment by the customer, that is, “Ukrnafta” had no legal grounds to supply products without receiving funds in full. Despite this, the raw materials were delivered and processed at the Kremenchug Refinery, and the manufactured oil products were sold at gas stations throughout the country.

In addition, in July 2015, Ukrnafta concluded 52 contracts for the purchase of oil products with another LLC with delivery dates until the end of 2015, paying in advance their cost in the amount of more than UAH 2.57 billion. Later, additional agreements were concluded, which extended the delivery dates until the end of 2018. However, as a result, Ukrnafta never received the oil products. As the detectives established, the spent funds were transferred abroad to the accounts of a number of offshore companies.

Thus, the total amount of property and funds seized in two episodes is more than UAH 13.3 billion.

As you know, NABU established that 71 contracts for the supply of petroleum products with a total value of UAH 3.48 billion were concluded between Ukrnafta and the Kotlas company in violation of the company’s charter and the law “On joint-stock companies”. As a result of the auction for the sale of crude oil conducted by Ukrnafta in 2015, Kotlas LLC was recognized as one of the winners. A contract was concluded with the company for the sale of oil for a total value of more than UAH 3 billion, but its delivery was not paid for and postponed based on a corresponding letter from Kotlas officials. According to the version of the investigation, in the subsequent supply of oil, they never paid, taking possession of it and disposing of it at their own discretion.

Later, in July 2015, new contracts were concluded between “Ukrnafta” and “Kotlas”, but already for the supply by the private company “Ukrnafta” of petroleum products in the total amount of UAH 3.4 billion. Despite the lack of payment from Kotlas for the supply of crude oil, Ukrnafta transferred UAH 3.4 billion in advance to the company. According to the charter of PJSC “Ukrnafta”, the decision to conclude sales contracts for an amount exceeding UAH 50 million falls within the competence of the company’s supervisory board. However, according to a preliminary conspiracy between the officials of Ukrnafta and Kotlas, contracts for the supply of oil products were broken into smaller ones – the value of each did not exceed UAH 50 million.

It will be recalled that NABU appealed to the court to declare such agreements invalid, as they were concluded in violation of the law. The appellate court partially satisfied the claim and declared invalid 60 out of 71 contracts concluded between Ukrnafta and Kotlas for a total amount of UAH 2.94 billion. The Supreme Court left this decision unchanged. However, the Kotlas company continues to try to revise these decisions.

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