Journalists from the investigative centers Bivol (Bulgaria) and Fundacja Reporterów (Poland) found evidence of supplies of defective ammunition to Ukraine, which Bulgaria purchased from Belarus in 2015-2020.
It turned out that at the beginning of May, the Bulgarian company Alguns was to deliver various ammunition produced in the 1980s to Ukraine:
— 122-mm shells for BM-21 Grad MRL;
— 122-mm shells for D-30 Gvozdika howitzer;
— 152-mm shells for D-20 Akatsiya howitzer;
— 130-mm artillery shells.
The shipment was to be organized through the Romanian state corporation CN RomArm S.A., and the total cost was estimated at $200 million. However, the Ukrainian and Romanian parties were unsatisfied with the condition of the missiles, many of which were deformed or rusted.
At the same time, it’s important to note that Bulgaria has had a ban on arms deliveries to Ukraine since May 2022. According to investigators, members of the Bulgarian government involved in one of the deals might have received payoffs of 5 to 15 million dollars.
- Where does Bulgaria have this shells from?
According to the investigators, the ammunition, which they wanted to export to Ukraine, was purchased by Alguns in 2015 in Belarus. They also needed a document of consent from Minsk for the delivery in order to re-export.
Thus, journalists got access to a letter from Belvneshpromservice, a Belarusian company, dated 2017, which said that the company was allegedly not against the re-export of ammunition to third countries. However, sources say that this document is fake.
The letter from Belvneshpromservice, presumably fake
На русском языке:
Болгария пыталась тайно поставить в Украину дефектные боеприпасы 80-х годов, которые были приобретены в Беларуси
На беларускай мове: Балгарыя спрабавала таемна паставіць ва Украіну дэфектныя боепрыпасы 80-х гадоў, якія былі набыты ў Беларусі