Arsen Avakov: Ukrainian border guards were officially exchanged for Russian “ihtamnety” – this is how the hybrid war looks like

On March 2, 2018, on the neutral strip of the Russian-Ukrainian state border near the checkpoint "Goptovka" in the Kharkiv region, two Ukrainian border guards were exchanged for two FSB officers in the "two-by-two" format. Reminder: on October 3, 2017, two Ukrainian border guards, SBSU captains Igor Dzyubak and Bogdan Marzon, were abducted by the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service) in the Sumy region on the border with Russia.  On October 4, the State Border Service of Ukraine announced the... more

Arsen Avakov: we opened in Mariupol a MIA Service Center and TsNAP in the same location – we are introducing a single standard of state services for everybody

On Friday, February 23, was officially launched the new MIA Service Center №1441 which is located on the same premises as the Mariupol Center of Administrative Services (TsNAP). Territorial SC №1441 of the MIA Regional Service Center in Donetsk region is located at Donetsk region, Mariupol, Zaporozhye highway, 2, Commercial Center "PortCity". The Service Center provides a full range of services for the state registration and re-registration of vehicles, the issuance and replacement of driving licenses, and the issuance of... more

Arsen Avakov: pensions will be recalculated for all retired employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs system

From January 1, 2018, all categories of the MIA retirees will receive monthly pension payments taking into account the indexation of pay services. Also, during the next three years in a phased manner additional after-payments will be made to cover the year 2016 when there was no recalculation of pensions. On February 21, 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to raise pensions for servicemen.  The Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman declared that on January 1, 2018, retirement payments would... more

Arsen Avakov: I am forced to initiate a Cabinet of Ministers resolution to terminate the protection of judicial institutions by the NPU and the National Guard

The Minister of Internal Affairs stated that he was forced to submit to the government a draft resolution on the termination of the protection of judicial institutions by the National Police and National Guard.  This decision resulted from the sabotage by the judiciary administration.  The head of the MIA informed that the judge of the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kiev released from arrest the person who inflicted a gunshot wound to the policeman who was guarding the court against the... more

Arsen Avakov: Ukraine starts active cooperation in law enforcement area with South Korea

The Minister of Internal Affairs announced this today, on February 16, 2018, during a meeting with the Ambassador of South Korea Lee Yang-goo. "The Ministry of Internal Affairs is deepening its cooperation with South Korean partners in law enforcement area: we are simplifying the procedures for the exchange of operational data, and improve the interaction of the cyber police units.  We have also agreed on organizing training for criminologists on an exchange program, "Arsen Avakov said. Also, the MIA will... more

Arsen Avakov: we are negotiating the visa-free regime with South Korea for Ukrainian citizens

The Minister of the Internal Affairs paid a working visit to the Republic of Korea. "South Korea.  Do we need a visa-free regime with the 11th economy of the world? It is a rhetorical question!  I am very glad that we have managed to come close to an agreement on this issue",   - stated the head of MIA. According to him, during the visit to Seoul the delegation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was able to discuss some key... more

Arsen Avakov: Ukraine and Georgia are ready to reach agreement on mutual recognition of driving licenses

The Minister of Internal Affairs announced this today, February 5, 2018, at a meeting with Mr. Gela Dumbadze, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine. During the meeting, the sides appreciated the high efficiency of interagency cooperation between the Ministries of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Georgia, in particular in the field of policing. "Currently, the priority areas for cooperation are the preparation of an Agreement between the Governments of Ukraine and Georgia on mutual recognition and exchange... more

Arsen Avakov: Modern technical capacities and training of highly qualified personnel is the basis for reliable protection and defense of the state border

During his working trip to Cherkassy region, the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov inspected the logistics base of the Main training center of the State Border Guard Service (village Orshanets) and handed over to border guards certificates for unmanned aerial systems. The Main training center has the state-of-the-art teaching classes with special technical equipment to train the future staff of the border crossing checkpoints. In particular, the center has special equipment to check passport documents and reveal the most... more

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