Ministry of Internal Affairs (Ukraine)
|This article is outdated. (April 2010)|
|Міністерство внутрішніх справ України
Insignia of the ministry and Ukrainian militia
|Preceding Agency||Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic|
|Type||Ministry of Ukraine|
|Headquarters||vul. Akademika Bohomol'tsya 10, Kiev|
|Motto||Безпека народу - найвищий Закон|
|Minister responsible||Arsen Avakov|
|Deputy Minister responsible||Ekaterina Zguladze, First Deputy Minister|
|Parent department||Government of Ukraine|
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство внутрішніх справ України, Ministerstvo vnutrishnikh sprav Ukrayiny, MVS) executes state policy for the protection of rights and liberties of citizens, investigates unlawful acts against the interest of society and state, fights crime, provides civil order, ensures civil security, traffic safety, and protects the security and protection of important individuals. It is a centralised agency headed by a Minister of Internal Affairs. The ministry closely operates with the office of General Prosecutor of Ukraine.
Ukraine's police is widely regarded as corrupt, and it has received severe accusations of torture and ill-treatment.A new reform has launched and over 20,000 policemen were resigned from their office.
- 1 Terminology
- 2 History
- 3 Transportation
- 4 Ministers of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
- 5 Rank structure
- 6 Structure
- 7 Deployment outside Ukraine
- 8 Criticism
- 9 See also
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
The force's name, мiлiцiя, translates roughly in English as "Police," however, this is often rendered as "Militsiya" in order to match the original Ukrainian. The force's full name is the same as that of its ministry, Міністерство внутрішніх справ України which translates as "Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine". The official title is rarely used in speech. On occasion the initials МВС (MVS) are used to refer to the force.
An individual officer is typically called a мiлiцiонер (militsiyoner) (plural мiлiцiонери) (militsiyonery); these are not, however, official titles and are not included in the official rank structure. A police station is known as відділення міліції (viddilennya militsyii) which translates more or less into English as "police department." The term Управління МВС (Upravlinnya MVS) refers to a regional or national police command post.
On the whole, official ranks are not used by the general public and thus, when addressing an officer, it is common to hear the term Пан (female - Пані), Ukrainian for Mr./Miss used to refer to police officers. On occasion, this may or may not be followed by the term Офіцер (Ofitser).
- People's Committee of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR (1919 - 1930, regional autonomous agency)
- State Political Directorate of the Ukrainian SSR (1930 - 1934, part of the Joint State Political Directorate of USSR)
- People's Committee of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR (1934 - 1946, part of the People's Committee of Internal Affairs of USSR)
- Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR (1946 - 1991, part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of USSR)
- Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (since 1991, a government agency of the independent Ukraine)
On February 2, 1713, by the order of Peter I, landmilitia were formed in Ukraine out of regiments of the Russian army quartered there and specifically recruited to carry out security and guard duties. In 1722, local Cossacks were allowed to join landmilitia. In 1736, by the request of the Russian military reformer General Field marshal Minikh, the units of landmilitia were renamed Ukrainian Militia Corps, and included 20 cavalry regiments. After 1762, when the Emperor, Peter III, ordered the corps to be called simply Ukrainian Corps, the word "landmilitia" fell out of use. In 1770, the Ukrainian Corps were merged with the Russian regular army; however, the special tax that was paid by the population of Ukraine for maintaining the force was not ended until the beginning of the 19th century.
MVS in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
The contemporary Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine originated from the Soviet NKVD's branch in Ukrainian SSR - the "NKVD of the UkrSSR," which was later reformed into the "Ministry of Internal Affairs of the UkrSSR" (Ministerstvo vnutrishnikh sprav Ukrayins'koyi SSR). Both agencies were a regional branch of the all-Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs, and essentially a militsiya force since the late 1950s, when the Soviet secret police were separated into the KGB. Despite some operational autonomy, all regulations and standards were established by the central Ministry; Moscow directly coordinated important operations in Ukraine (such as anti-corruption investigations regarding high-level statesmen or other political-related issues). The Militsiya of the Ukrainian SSR used the same ranks, insignia and vehicle liveries as the rest of the Soviet militsiya.
Like other Soviet Ministries of Internal Affairs, the Ukrainian SSR MVS included not only the militsiya, but also the republican branch of non-police services, such as passport and registration offices, Internal Troops and prison service (including the Chief Directorate of Camps (GULAG) and fire and rescue services. The Soviet Internal Troops in Ukraine were directly subordinated to its separate central command within the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs, except for a short period in the 1960s; the same is true of prison administration.
Among the Internal Troops units operating in Ukraine from the 1960s were:
- 7th (Kiev), 16th (Lvov), 17th (Odessa), 18th, 20th, and 93rd Convoy Brigades (Dnerpropetovsk);
- 70th Independent Training Brigade VV MVD SSSR (ru:Войсковая часть (V/Ch) 3350, Zolochev, Lvov Oblast);
- 10th, 50th, and 290th Motor Rifle Regiments of Operational Designation;
- Five (motorised?) regiments of militsiya VV MVD SSSR;
- Three convoy regiments;
- Four (special troops?) regiments VV MVD SSSR;
- Ten independent special (motorised?) battalions of militia
- Five independent convoy battalions
- Five (special troops?) battalions
- Two other units
Ukrainian SSR's firefighters and militsiya, as well as the Soviet Internal Troops stationed in Ukraine, participated in the relief operation after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster; at least 749 MVS servicepersons were decorated for that effort.
The Militsiya of Soviet Ukraine took part in politically motivated repressions against residents of the Ukrainian SSR. These crimes included the fabrication of charges against Ukrainian dissidents (such as Vyacheslav Chornovil), disrupting occasional mass protests against Soviet rule and the direct persecution of 'unacceptable' social and religious groups.
MVS of independent Ukraine
Post-Independence reformation and the Gongadze case
Since independence and before the 2004 Constitutional Reform, Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs was directly subordinate to the President of Ukraine (appointed by the President unilaterally), and a formal member of Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers. Before the Orange Revolution, only militsiya Generals (not civil statesmen), were appointed Ministers.
The Ukrainian militsiya has a significant record of law violation and human rights abuse. The most notorious case is the agency's involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000. Soon after Gongadze's disappearance, recordings of a Major Melnychenko were revealed. A fragment of the recorded conversations portrayed MVS Minister Kravchenko promising President Kuchma to "take care" of the oppositional journalist. According to the recordings, Kravchenko told Kuchma that he controls a special group of high-class detectives "without any morals, and ready to do anything".
The decapitated and disfigured body of Gongadze was found later in a forest, and a long-lasting investigation started. In 2005, soon after the Orange Revolution, the first results of the case appeared. Three members of the MVS detective squad were charged with the abduction and murder of Gongadze. An international warrant was issued for their chief, General Oleksiy Pukach, who was supposedly hiding abroad. In March 2005, ex-Minister Kravchenko, the main participant of the case, was found shot in the head (supposedly by his own hand). Later, in September 2010, Ukraine's Office of the Prosecutor General issued a statement stating that prosecutors had concluded that Kravchenko had ordered Pukach to carry out the murder and that Pukach had confessed to the murder.
In the Melnychen recordings, the hitmen group was called "orly" Ukrainian: орли (literally "eagles") by the Minister. (Orly here is not a proper name, but a traditional Russian common name for brave and skillful soldiers). The phrase "Orly of Kravchenko", became a symbol of lawlessness and brutality in Ukrainian law enforcement.
MVS and the UBK campaign
In 2000-2001, the MVS was trying to tackle Ukraine without Kuchma (Ukrainian abbreviation: UBK) a mass protest campaign against President Leonid Kuchma, using various methods: from direct attacks to infiltration of provocateurs. The final confrontation took place on 9 March 2001 on the central streets of Kiev, including clashes between protesters and anti-riot units, and mass arrests of youngsters in the city.
MVS during the Orange Revolution and since
During the 2004 election and the Orange Revolution, the MVS did not confront the opposition protests, although media sources claim that respective orders were given to its anti-riot units by senior commanders and leaders of the country. Protesters and the Berkut clashed in the city of Chernihiv, but both sides agreed that they were incidental and provoked by unknown forces. The opposition also accused the militsiya of involvement in attempted electoral fraud that occurred at polling stations.
In February 2005, after the revolution, as part of the post-election democratic changes, President Viktor Yushchenko appointed Yuriy Lutsenko as the new Minister of Internal Affairs. Unlike his predecessors, Lutsenko was a career politician and had never served in the militsiya or any other law enforcement agency. As one of the main figures in the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Lutsenko participated in several protest campaigns and conflicts with the militsiya. The new minister demanded resignations from those officers involved in racketeering, taking a significant step towards the establishment of civilian control over the Ukrainian militia.
In January 2006, Minister Lutsenko claimed that the MVS was in possession of evidence that would allow them to question and charge ex-President Leonid Kuchma in a privatization wrongdoing case, but that the MVS did not have the authority to start such a case autonomously. Later, according to 2004 constitutional amendments that took effect after the 2006 parliamentary elections, the minister was nominated by the Prime Minister and appointed by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), without formal influence of the President. Thus Yuriy Lutsenko, the Minister at the time, who was previously appointed under the old procedure, was reappointed, thereby becoming the first-ever MVS Minister to be agreed upon by the parliamentary coalition and appointed by parliament.
On 1 December 2006, Verkhovna Rada dismissed Lutsenko and appointed Vasyl Tsushko of the Socialist Party as the new Minister. Like his predecessor, Tsushko was also a civil politician (and previously a vineyard manager), not connected to the militsiya before his appointment. Additionally, Tsushko was the first-ever MVS Minister not subordinated to the President. However, in 2007 Lutsenko returned to the post of minister and remained until the elections that brought Viktor Yanukovych to power in 2010. After Yanukovych's election, Anatolii Mohyliov was appointed to the minister's position; he is a career militia officer and currently holds the rank of Colonel General of the militsiya. Vitaliy Zakharchenko succeeded him in November 2011.
In May 2007, the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine lead to a jurisdictional dispute over the country's Internal Troops. Following minor political clashes involving the militsiya and presidential security forces, President Viktor Yuschenko issued a decree re-subordinating Internal Troops from the Ministry of Internal Affairs directly to the President. The MVS criticized both the decree and the subsequent troop movements. Both sides in the political crisis avoided further clashes between law enforcers. Internal Troops, as well as all militsiya units returned to their routine tasks and re-established practical co-ordination. However, the legal dispute over Internal Troops remained unsolved. The Troops command declared its subordination to the President, according to the decree which is currently being appealed in court by the Cabinet of Ministers.
On 10 October 2008 officers from the Security Service of Ukraine detained deputy platoon commander of the Kharkiv city division patrol and inspection service regiment of the Main Interior Affairs Ministry Directorate in Kharkiv region on suspicion of pushing narcotics.
According to the head of the law enforcement trade union Anatolii Onyschuk, sociologic research shows that 3.9% of the Ukrainian militiamen trust the state, while 67.7% distrusted the state.
||The neutrality of this section is disputed. (December 2013)|
MVS units are heavily involved in the crackdown of the ongoing 2013 Euromaidan protest campaign, which escalated into revolution after violent November 30 dispersal of a peaceful protest in Kiev. Some MVS (first of all, the Berkut anti-riot units) are widely reported as unlawful and inhumane during the protests, others (namely the Internal Troops) sustained heavy casualties from protesters' attacks but refrained from returning violence, while the rest are known to either oppress the protesters without violence or even help them in a random manner. This did not end the protests.
The Ukrainian militsiya uses a number of different models of automobile which range greatly in age and technical specification.
Current patrol fleet
All Terrain Vehicles
Ministers of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
|Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Міністр внутрішніх справ України
|Appointer||President of Ukraine|
|Term length||Duration of the presidential term (5 years) or less due to earlier resignation or dismissal by the President|
|Inaugural holder||Andriy Vasylyshyn|
|Formation||August 24, 1991|
|Succession||First Deputy Minister|
The Ministry of Internal Affairs is headed by a minister who is also recognised as head of the national (state) police service, the militsiya. Many former ministers have previously had experience of serving in the police, and many were, prior to taking up their posts, generals of the militsiya. Typically the minister of internal affairs afforded the rank of Colonel General of Militsiya upon taking up his post in the Ukrainian Cabinet. Yuriy Lutsenko and Vasyl Tsushko are the only former holders of the office who had never served in any law enforcement agency.
|Andriy Vasylyshyn||August 24, 1991||July 21, 1994||Leonid Kravchuk||First post-independence minister|
|Volodymyr Radchenko||July 28, 1994||July 3, 1995||Leonid Kuchma||Acting July 21–28, 1994|
|Yuriy Kravchenko||July 3, 1995||March 26, 2001||Leonid Kuchma||Involved in 'Eagles of Kravchenko' case|
|Yuriy Smirnov||March 26, 2001||August 27, 2003||Leonid Kuchma|
|Mykola Bilokon||August 27, 2003||February 3, 2005||Leonid Kuchma|
|Yuriy Lutsenko||February 4, 2005||December 1, 2006||Viktor Yushchenko||First civilian minister|
|Vasyl Tsushko||December 1, 2006||December 18, 2007||Viktor Yushchenko||First minister never directly subordinate to the president|
|Yuriy Lutsenko||December 18, 2007||January 28, 2010||Viktor Yushchenko||Acting January 28-March 11, 2010 In May 2009 first deputy (Interior) Minister Mykhailo Kliuyev served as acting Minister during a seven day investigation. After that Lutsenko resumed the post.|
|Anatoliy Mohyliov||March 11, 2010||November 7, 2011||Viktor Yanukovich||First post-Orange revolution minister|
|Vitaliy Zakharchenko||November 7, 2011||February 21, 2014.||Viktor Yanukovich||Former head of the State Tax Service of Ukraine|
|Arsen Avakov (acting)||February 22, 2014||February 27, 2014||Oleksandr Turchynov (acting)|
|Arsen Avakov||February 27, 2014||Oleksandr Turchynov (acting), Petro Poroshenko|
The minister of Internal Affairs is responsible directly to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, to the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) and ultimately the President of Ukraine. His office is located in Kiev's Pechersk District.
|Cadet Officers||Private Officers||Non-commissioned Officers|
for every day uniform
Long Service Medal
The Ministry has 30 departments and three agencies that are subordinated to it. The Minister has up to eight deputies (other than his first deputy) that head the Ministry's main departments. Each region such as (autonomous republic, oblast, and cities with special status) has its own administration that mirrors all the departments of the central administration and works semi-independently and along with a regional office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine.
The following is the list of the main departments of the Ministry. Departments headed by a deputy minister are identified in bold.
Departments of the Militsiya
The Following are constituent departments of the militsiya:
- Leadership (consisting of the minister and his first deputy)
- Office of Ministry (Department in monitoring of human rights in activities of OVS)
- Advisers to the MVS
- Deputy Minister - Chief of HUBOZ
- Chief Department in the fight against the organized crime (HUBOZ)
- Internal Security Service of HUBOZ
- Deputy Minister - Chief of Criminal Militsiya (consists of at least nine subordinated departments)
- Deputy Minister - Chief of Militsiya of Civil Security
- Department of Civil Security
- Department of the State Auto Inspection (DAI)
- Department of Veterinary Militsiya in conducting quarantine in veterinary events
- Department of State Security Service (formerly part of Militsiya of civil security, it is currently a separate department)
- Department of transportation militsiya
- Deputy Minister - Chief of HSU
- Chief Detection Department
- Department of Investigation (Inquiry)
- State Science-Research Expert-Criminal Center
- Deputy Minister - Chief of Staff (several independent departments and directorates which are primarily for administrative support)
- Deputy Minister
- Department of public relationship and international activity
- State Department on issues of citizenship, immigration, and registration of physical persons
- Deputy Minister
- Supporting departments
- Deputy Minister - Chief of MVS in Crimea
|Branch||Criminal||Traffic||Public Order||State Security Service|
Other departments of the ministry
Departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs not directly related to the Ministry's role as a civilian law enforcement agency are:
- GUVV - Chief Directorate of Internal Troops (special militarized department)
- Control-revisionary directorate
- Sub-Department of special communication
- Department of documentary service and scheduling
- Working office of the Ukrainian Bureau of Interpol (special department, formerly part of Criminal Militsiya) (formerly under the Criminal Militsiya and HUBOZ)
State scientific research institute and higher educational institutions support the Chief of Staff.
Educational institutions of the Ministry
Each university and institute often also has its own base program
- Academy of Management
- Kiev National University of Interior
- Kharkiv National University of Interior
- Kirovohrad campus (Legal institute)
- Kherson campus (Legal institute)
- Sumy city affiliation
- Dnipropetrovsk State University of Interior
- Zaporizhia campus (Legal institute)
- Kryvyi Rih department
- Zaporizhia campus (Legal institute)
- Luhansk State University of Interior of Didorenko
- Donetsk campus (Legal institute) contains a scientifically-researching center of psycho-training technologies
- Lviv State University of Interior
- Prykarpattya campus (Legal institute)
- Odessa State University of Interior
- Crimea campus (Legal institute)
Deployment outside Ukraine
Deployments in various UN missions as of November 2009:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo: (MONUC) - 3 Individual Police
- : (UNFICYP) - 1 Individual Police
- Kosovo: (UNMIK) - 1 Individual Police
- Liberia: (UNMIL) - 19 Individual Police
- Sudan: (UNMIS) - 19 Individual Police
- East Timor: (UNMIT) - 10 Individual Police
- Côte d'Ivoire: (UNOCI) - 4 Individual Police
According to Amnesty International, torture and ill-treatment by the militia is widespread in Ukraine. This allegation was confirmed by President Viktor Yanukovych in December 2011. Several militia officers were arrested in 2010 for allegedly torturing detainees.
In 2013 the Ukrainian police received the highest percentage among Ukrainians of having given a bribe too with 49%. Simultaneous they considered (with 64%) its police as the second most corrupt sphere in the country.
- Berkut (Ukrainian police)
- Prosecutor General of Ukraine
- Security Service of Ukraine
- Internal Troops of Ukraine
- Rada supports coalition-proposed government lineup, Interfax-Ukraine (2 December 2014)
Rada approves new Cabinet with three foreigners, Kyiv Post (2 December 2014)
(Ukrainian) Rada voted the new Cabinet, Ukrayinska Pravda (2 December 2014)
Ukraine arrests two top officials at cabinet meeting, BBC News (25 March 2015)
- Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer: Ukraine has become more corrupt over the last two years, The Ukrainian Week (9 July 2013)
- Ukraine: Victims of police brutality, Amnesty International USA (September 27, 2005)
Amnesty International: Ukrainian police told not to touch foreign fans during Euro 2012, Kyiv Post (4 July 2012)
- Yanukovych calling for greater control over detention facilities, Kyiv Post (15 December 2011)
- Ukrainian Police Arrested For Alleged Torture, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (April 1, 2010)
- Ukrainian Police-Abuse Protests Come To The Capital, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (17 July 2013)
- (Ukrainian) Eneyida. Ivan Kotlyarevsky
- http://www.soldat.ru, upravlenia vv 1968-91
- У МВС вшанували учасників ліквідації наслідків аварії на ЧАЕС (ФОТО) (Ukrainian)
- Ukraine Ex-Minister Ordered Journalist's Murder, Voice of America News.com (September 15, 2010)
- Court sentences Pukach to life for murdering Gongadze, disregards claims against Kuchma, Lytvyn, Kyiv Post (29 January 2013)
Ukraine police officer accuses ex-president after being jailed for life, Reuters (29 January 2013)
Gongadze killer pointed on Kuchma and Lytvyn. "LIGABusinessInform". 2013-1-29
- Yanukovych appoints Mohyliov to Crimean post, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
- Chief tax officer Zakharchenko appointed interior minister of Ukraine, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
- "Ukrainian News". Ukranews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- Live updates of the protests, Kyiv Post (27, 28 & 29 November 2013)
- Lutsenko says he's calm about his dismissal, Kyiv Post (28 January 2010)
- Regions Party: Kliuyev is legitimate head of Interior Ministry, Kyiv Post (1 February 2010)
- Speaker:Lutsenko suspended as Ukraine's interior minister, Kyiv Post (May 18, 2009)
- Kliuyev to serve as Ukraine's interior minister during Lutsenko's suspension from duty, Kyiv Post (May 16, 2009)
- Lutsenko says he will resume fulfilling duties as interior minister, Kyiv Post (May 27, 2009)
- Rada suspends Acting Interior Minister Zakharchenko from his duties, Interfax-Ukraine (21 February 2014)
- Ukrainian bureau of Interpol at the Interpol website
- UN Mission's Contributions by Country for November 2009
- The Chernihiv entrepreneur was abducted, beaten, and extorted for money. News television program "Vikna" (S-TV). 2013-1-28
- Nations in Transit 2013: Ukraine, Freedom House (2012)
- Police are twice as trusted as government, poll finds, theguardian.com (24 September 2012)
- How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path by K.J.Chivers of the New York Times
- How the Gongadze Case Has Been Investigated (June 2005 Ukrayinska Pravda article on the history of the Gongadze Case investigation) (Ukrainian)
- The Key Witness in the Gongadze Case Dead (March 2005 Ukrayinska Pravda article on the death of Kravchenko, analysing also his role in the Gongadze case - includes fragments of the Melnychenko recordings) (Ukrainian)
- Full collection of laws of the Russian Empire since 1649. Vol.5. Saint Petersburg, 1830. page 13. (Полное собрание законов Российской империи с 1649 г. - Спб., 1830. - Т. 5. - С. 13)
- Official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian)
- Ukraine Police Twitter
- Overview of MVS' special units (Russian)
- How to Avoid Problems with Ukrainian police (English)