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Ukraine: Seminar on application of IHL norms during military operations

06-06-2014 News Release

Kyiv (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence have just finished a two-day seminar in Dnipropetrovsk on applying international humanitarian law in military operations.

Held on 2 and 3 June, the seminar brought together 18 officers from operational and planning departments, plus legal advisers of the Ukrainian armed forces located in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Participants included officers from units deployed on operations in eastern Ukraine.

"We talk to arms bearers all over the world. The aim is that they and we get to know each other better. This in turn ensures that arms bearers accept our humanitarian activities more readily, that we have access to the people who need us and that we can work safely," said Raul Forster, an ICRC military advisor based in Geneva.

On 30 May, the ICRC and the National Guard of Ukraine held discussions on the application of basic humanitarian rules during hostilities. The National Guard is also deployed on operations in the eastern regions of the country.

"The National Guard of Ukraine is modelled on best practice as observed elsewhere in the world," said Valeriy Kovalyov, who heads the International Cooperation Department of the National Guard. "We are committed to adopting international humanitarian rules in our daily work."

Other ICRC activities in Ukraine include providing medical supplies to hospitals treating people injured in fighting in the eastern regions of the country, visiting people detained in connection with the current situation and supporting the first-aid activities of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.

For further information, please contact:
Ashot Astabatsyan, ICRC Kyiv, tel: +380 671182481


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ICRC military advisor Raul Forster addresses senior officers of the National Guard of Ukraine during a round table discussion on the application of humanitarian rules. 

National Guard Headquarters, Kiev, Ukraine, 30 May 2014.
ICRC military advisor Raul Forster addresses senior officers of the National Guard of Ukraine during a round table discussion on the application of humanitarian rules.
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