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Evolving role of the Armed Forces in civil protection

Ukraine’s Civil Protection Model

October 2010, Number 01.04

“As a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the East-West confrontation, NATO countries have transformed from major potential external threats to Ukraine into potential allies. Do threats to an independent Ukraine exist at all? How do the Ukrainian Armed Forces support civil authorities to counter these threats? Legislation adopted over the course of several years, including the National Security Strategy (1997), “On the Fundamentals of the National Security” law (2003), and Military Doctrine (2004), addressed these questions.

The “On the Fundamentals of the National Security” law assumes that potential threats to Ukraine may lie in a variety of spheres such as international, state security, military, border security, internal political, economic, social, humanitarian, technological, ecological and informational. The nature of threats are defined by the historical experience of Ukraine, which suffered through two world wars, a great number of revolts, revolutions, civil wars and other civil disturbances, as well as natural and technological disasters. The threats may be divided into military or non-military, outer and domestic...”

Excerpt from Petro Kanana and Alexey Telichkin, “Ukraine’s Civil Protection Model,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 4, 2010: 30-35.

Petro Kanana is Chief Specialist, Directorate of Defence and Security Policy, for the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Before he retired as a colonel from the Ukrainian Army, he served as Deputy Head of the Directorate for political and security issues for Euro-Atlantic Integration. He has a master’s degree from the National Academy in Ukraine and is a 2004 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies.

Col. Alexey Telichkin is the training and development coordinator of the United Nations Mission in Liberia. From 2006 to 2009, he was the senior police advisor to the U.N. Observer Mission in Georgia and was head of the International Law Enforcement Training Department at Kharkov National University of Internal Affairs from 2001 to 2006. He is the author of the books Peacekeeping Policing: Participation of International Police in Peace Operations and Robust Peacekeeping: The Army and Police in Peace Operations. He holds a law degree and is a 2004 graduate of the Marshall Center.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.