"Resilient Ukraine" programme will work in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience

An Estonian delegation held a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on 19 October

The Estonian delegation headed by Kaimo Kuusk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Ukraine, met with Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Meri Akopyan

Representatives of Estonia agreed with the Ministry of Internal Affairs to launch a joint project “Strengthening Ukraine’s resilience through developing regional experience on security issues”. It is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and the US Embassy in Kyiv. 

It is planned that personnel of the National Police of Ukraine, of the National Guard of Ukraine, of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine will take part in cross-sectoral tabletop exercises that are to be held in eight Ukraine’s regions. Law enforcement officials will adopt experience from the best experts in crisis and strategic communications. It will further foster effective interaction among authorities, law enforcement block, civil society activists, mass media and opinion leaders while overcoming security challenges in the regions. 

"I thank representatives of the ICDS for the relevant and quality security research and practical help for Ukraine. Due to consistent support of our Estonian partners and implementation of their experience, we gradually improve ourselves and progress to a higher level", says Meri Akopyan.

“Resilient Ukraine” programme aims at developing standards for measuring the resilience of Ukrainian society and continuous improvement of this system. The given programme has been implemented by the International Center for Defence and Security (ICDS) since 2016 with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the development cooperation program. 

The project is implemented with financial support from the U.S. Department of State Office of the Assistance Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia under the Eighth Round of the Development Cooperation Partnership (DCP) Program.