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Security Overview

  • Ukraine is an Interpol member nation [1]
  • Anti-Corruption Bureau memorandum of cooperation with FBI [2]
  • NATO-Ukraine Defense-Technical Cooperation Agreement 2015 [3]
  • NATO-Ukraine Regional Airspace Security Program 2016 [4]
  • U.S., U.K., Poland, Canada maintain joint training centers [5]
  • Top 10 globally in defense spending to GDP in 2017 (5.2%) [6]
  • #1 in Europe for active reserve military personnel (1 million) [7]​
  • ​Ukraine's army to fully reach NATO standards by 2020 [8] 

Ukraine as of May 2017 has 20,000 new patrol officers spread across the country's population centers. This reform was initiated two years ago and consisted of completely disbanding the former police force which was seen as highly corrupt. The department began hiring entirely new officers among a huge number of applicants, raising the salary for these officers by 300%, and providing modern equipment such as fuel efficient vehicles, and even body cameras in an effort to fight corruption. The training of these new officers was assisted by law enforcement professionals from the United States and Canada. Around 20% of the new police force is comprised of women. Today, this reform is among the most popular in Ukraine.

The widely reported conflict in the far east of Ukraine is still ongoing and entering a third year. The front lines have remained unchanged over the last two years as Ukraine has devoted more resources to national defense than in the previous years leading up to the conflict. The contested area occupies less than 5% of Ukraine's territory. The distance from the conflict zone to the next largest city Zaporizhia is 150km, and the distance from the conflict zone to the capital Kyiv is 600km. Furthermore, the distance from the conflict zone to Lviv is 1,000km. The city of Lviv is closer in distance to Berlin than to the conflict zone in the far east of the country.

Although casualties still occur in this confined area, the numbers have been greatly reduced thanks in large part to the 1,000+ OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) monitors in the area. The aforementioned organization is in the process of installing field cameras to better monitor the situation along the conflict zone, and ongoing discussions are taking place on deploying an OSCE police mission.