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Arsen Avakov: “National druzhinas” can exist only as public organizations

No paramilitary groups can exist in Ukraine. The Minister of the Internal Affairs stated that the "National druzhinas" could exist as public civilian organizations, but in no case should they overstep the bounds of the law. "Once again, in the state of Ukraine, there is only one monopoly on the use of force - the state monopoly, which is represented by the National Guard, the National Police, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Any other paramilitary groups are not legal... more

Arsen Avakov: elections are not our job! I want each employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to remember that!

The Minister of Internal Affairs formulated the principle of non-participation of law enforcement officers in political pre-election processes during the upcoming election campaign in Ukraine.  He announced this at a meeting of the Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on January 27, 2018. "We are facing the pre-election year.  There will be a lot of speculation, and there will be many attempts to involve law enforcers in the electoral process.  This is not our job.  Neither the National Police,... more

Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov, Begs Rebels to Help Defend Ukraine

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Beast, Ukraine’s interior minister says revolutionaries must accept the internal battle is over and help to face down Russia. KIEV — With as many as 100,000 Russian troops amassing along the southern and eastern borders of Ukraine, the country’s interior minister is calling upon members of a nationalist militia which helped overthrow the regime of former President Viktor Yanukovych to lay down their weapons and join the country’s paltry armed forces. “We told them, the... more