NYT: U.S. Arms Dealer Profits From Ukraine War
The US Department of Defense has paid approximately $1 billion to an arms dealer who was once indicted for allegedly bribing foreign officials and has established a $200 million sideline business selling ammunition directly to Ukraine, according to an investigation published by The New York Times, a development reported by Natalia Datskevych.
Florida-based military contractor Marc Morales, who leads Global Ordnance company, was awarded approximately $1 billion in contracts from the Pentagon. I Photo: Global Ordnance
Florida-based military contractor Marc Morales, who leads Global Ordnance company, was awarded approximately $1 billion in contracts from the Pentagon.
Morales allegedly paid a senior sergeant in the Ukrainian army, Volodymyr Koyfman, to arrange meetings within the Ukrainian government for his contacts, shedding light on "a discreet aspect of the Biden administration's war strategy."
"They operate in a notoriously shadowy, exclusive arms trade, an industry made even more opaque as Ukraine rolled back years of anti-corruption regulations," the report states.
In total, the US has provided Ukraine with over $40 billion in military assistance, including HIMARS missiles and Patriot air defense systems.
Bryan Van Brunt, the general counsel for Global Ordnance, maintained that the company followed the law, and the Ukrainian government was aware of Koyfman's work with Global Ordnance.
Two of Morales's competitors contended that he had an unfair advantage, not solely due to his ties to Koyfman but also because of his connections to the Pentagon.