The Ukroboronprom state defense concern has decided to relieve Oleksandr Donets of the post of president of the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise.

Ukroboronprom announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

According to the statement, Ukroboronprom’s Director General Aivaras Abromavicius signed the order on June 9. Antonov’s Vice President for Design Oleksandr Los has been appointed as the acting head of the enterprise 

"Ukroboronprom completed an inspection of Antonov a day earlier and sent materials from the inspection to the Security Service of Ukraine and the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption," the statement said.

According to Ukroboronprom, the inspection was performed from April 27 to May 22, 2020, on the orders of the prime minister of Ukraine and in accordance with information that the Security Service of Ukraine set forth in a letter dated April 16. In the letter, the Security Service of Ukraine accused Antonov’s management of harming Ukraine’s national interests through inaction and consistent unsystematic managerial actions.

"The inspection uncovered evidence of inefficient management of the state enterprise; misuse of state assets; abuses and violations by the management that could inflict losses on the state and damage the reputation of the largest aircraft manufacturing enterprise in Ukraine," Ukroboronprom said.

In addition, according to the statement, the result of the inspection was sent to law enforcement agencies for further evaluation and investigation, along with materials related to the actions of the enterprise’s management.

In response, the Antonov state enterprise said that Ukroboronprom, which became the parent company of Antonov in 2015, was taking steps to end the enterprise’s operations. "The Antonov state enterprise’s staff have drafted an open letter of appeal to the country’s leadership, in which they draw the attention of the authorities to the situation that has developed around the Ukrainian aircraft manufacturing industry’s flagship enterprise," Antonov said in a statement.

As the CFTS portal reported previously, a program for modernization of production at the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise in the period of 2019-2022 was drafted last year.