Ukrainian Armor LLC, which is linked to former MP Serhii Pashynskyi, has delivered the first few thousand 122-mm high-explosive artillery shells with a full charge to Ukraine.
Source: Ukrainian Armor press service
Details: The shells are produced in partnership with an Eastern European ammunition holding company. They are used for the D-30 and 2C1 Gvozdika artillery systems.
The company says the 122-mm high-explosive fragmentation shells are used to hit enemy positions, defence lines and armoured vehicles.
Earlier, Ukrainian Armor also reported that it had set up joint production of 120-mm mortar rounds with two NATO member states.
- In January, Ukrainian Armor received 200 million hryvnias [roughly US$5.39 million] to fulfil a secret agreement with the Ministry of Defence under a state defence order for the supply of Varta armoured vehicles.
- Ukrainian Armor is a little-known private company that until 2015 was known as Ukrhlavpak LLC and specialised in the production of plastic containers.
- The company's ex-director, Oleksandr Kuzma, is a relative of Mykola Kuzma, a well-known pharmaceutical businessman who in 2014 was a pro bono assistant to Serhii Pashynskyi, the head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence.
- The company has become the largest private arms supplier since the start of the full-scale war, according to an investigation by The New York Times. Its sales last year were a record US$350 million, up from US$2.8 million the year before the war.
- According to the NYT, Pashynskyi is now again under investigation on suspicion of corruption in the defence sector, and law enforcement officials are checking his companies. Meanwhile, the former MP denies any interest in the arms business.