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October 2017
1 million UAH equipment donation to enhance public communication of Ukraine’s border guard service

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Police and civil society march towards common ground on public order

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Leadership training concludes for Ukraine’s most senior police officers

Senior police figures from various parts of Ukraine yesterday completed a ‘senior leadership training’ programme that EUAM rolled out over four days outside Kyiv. Participants in the programme included the heads and deputy heads of regional police service, as well as the heads of some of the main departments at central level – it was therefore a rare opportunity to gather Ukraine’s most senior police officers under one roof.

EUAM’s Head of Mission, Kestutis Lancinskas, Deputy Head of Mission Joelle Vachter, and Head of Operations Udo Moeller – all senior police officers themselves – were among those to address the participants on issues such as leadership, change management, and creating role models. Other topics on the training programme included human rights, human-resources management, strategic communication, handling the media, international police cooperation, and ethics and accountability.

Although all of the programme participants were highly educated and highly skilled, this training aimed specifically to add to their knowledge in leadership and management, vital to any reform process, and which EUAM will build on further in future. This week’s programme was the first of six sessions that EUAM will carry out between now and March 2018.

Compensation for victims of violent crime: time for Ukraine to meet its obligations?

In 2016, there were 11,500 victims of violent crimes in Ukraine. The statistics are horrifying enough before one thinks about what that means for the individuals involved. Violent crime is a term that encompasses a wide range of criminal acts including murder, bodily injuries, sexual and physical abuse. More often than not, the effect of these crimes on their victims lasts a lifetime.

Given the lasting consequences – physical, psychological and very often financial – that victims of violent crimes face, it is only right that they should receive some sort of compensation. It is frequently difficult to obtain compensation from the perpetrators of violence – many have no assets. Consequently, in the EU all countries have some sort of state victim compensation scheme. In Ukraine however, no such scheme exists. We would argue that it is high time that such a system is put in place.

Why a state compensation scheme is needed

Imagine the situation: burglars break into someone’s house to steal money. They are confronted by the owner of the house, and after a struggle, the owner is killed.

The homeowner had a family, who have lost not only a relative, but the family’s main source of income. After the investigation is concluded, the family submits a so-called ‘civil claim’ (a compensation claim) to the burglars who were identified and arrested. After the burglars are convicted, the family goes to court. The court awards them 300,000 UAH for moral damage and 20,000 for material damage.

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"The situation as regards compensation for victims of violent crime differs across the EU. But there is one common feature: a recognition that the state has a role in restoring the rights of victims."
Activities on the horizon
  • 6-9 November: EUAM organizes study visit for Ukrainian police officers for a basic pubic order training in Denmark
  • 8-10 November: Mission facilitates a dialogue police training in Kharkiv
  • 7-30 November: A series of trainings on domestic violence will be held in Sumy, Dnipro and Kherson 
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