In early September, the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine resumed its activities in Odesa for the first time since Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Earlier in the summer, the headquarters in Kyiv and the field office in Lviv reopened.
Mission experts will support local partners in the field of criminal investigations, general policing, good governance, and community policing through mentorship, strategic advice, training, and equipment. Furthermore, experts from EUAM Headquarters in Kyiv provide direct support to Odesa law enforcement agencies in the areas of war crimes, anti-corruption, trafficking in human beings, and weapons proliferation.
The Acting Head of EUAM, Fredrik Wesslau, who visited Odesa to mark the return of EUAM’s staff, said this was an important signal of EUAM’s commitment. He added that, “when the war started, EUAM Ukraine did not waste time adapting its activities to provide direct support to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies”.
“EUAM repurposed about €1.6 million for an emergency support package to law enforcement agencies to buy first aid kits, food rations, and communication equipment. Over €8 million worth of equipment was donated to Ukrainian counterparts via the EU-funded programme PRAVO Police,” said Fredrik Wesslau.
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