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Color Dyes Are Ukraine's Latest Measure to Fight Corruption in Army

© AP Photo / Efrem LukatskyUkrainian servicemen attend combat training in Kiev region, Ukraine, Friday, March 3, 2023
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The widespread corruption in the Ukrainian military is an old story and the ongoing conflict has made the problem exponentially more critical. Embezzlement and black market redistribution are some of the many practices in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ukraine's Ministry of Defense has decided to use different color dyes for its fuel in order to stop a raging spate of thefts in the armed forces. On its official Telegram channel, the ministry announced a new plan to mark new fuel that is coming in, starting in November.

"The Ministry of Defense will oblige suppliers to mark the fuel intended for the Armed Forces with red color. Such markings make it possible to identify and track the fuel that was purchased exclusively for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and reduce any chances of illicit sales. In addition, a certain color will eliminate any misuse when it comes to mixing different kinds of gas," the post reads.

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According to the statement, the diesel will be dyed bright red, while gasoline will be colored green.
Corruption has been a point of contention for the Ukrainian government for years, and the ongoing conflict has exacerbated the matter exponentially. Embezzlement and black market redistribution only scratch the surface of the problematic practices in Ukraine's Armed Forces.
Captured Ukrainian soldiers speak of the low level of armaments and failing equipment. And now, the country is implementing further steps to put an end to theft in its military ranks. This time, it is the petrol shortage that is being tackled.