The European Union (EU) has donated data storage equipment to the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) worth over EUR 65,000 under the PRAVO Police Programme implemented by UNOPS in close coordination with the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine. The delivery will address the pressing needs of the NPU’s Criminal Analysis Department and enhance its core analytical capacity.
Since the beginning of the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the NPU has faced an increased need to process large amounts of video, generate multiple backups of existing data, and store it on carriers that prevent unauthorised access. All of this is needed to ensure that offences are properly documented, investigated, and prosecuted. The donated hardware will address these needs and enable the NPU’s criminal analysis experts to be more efficient at mining data for evidence, ensuring that justice is served to the people of Ukraine.
“Following the unprovoked Russian military aggression against Ukraine which continues causing high numbers of civilian casualties, the National Police of Ukraine has been mandated with criminal investigations of war crimes. It is more than ever important that the services are equipped for efficient analytical work, data collection and storage. EU supports Ukraine in ensuring justice for the victims of the Russian war against Ukraine,” noted Xavier Camus, Head of the Good Governance and Democratisation section at the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
This delivery is part of the PRAVO Police Programme’s original “Intelligence-Led Policing” Support Package.
“The National Police confirmed that their need to efficiently process and securely store data has become even more pressing after the start of the Russian Federation’s invasion. The NPU’s capacity to perform these functions directly impacts investigations and may be the factor that decides whether justice will be served and truth restored. The EU-funded PRAVO Police Programme implemented by UNOPS remains committed to supporting Ukraine’s rule of law sector in its mission to serve and protect the people of Ukraine,” noted Elisa Dandria, UNOPS PRAVO Police Acting Programme Manager.
The equipment has been procured within the programme “Support for Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine in the Areas of Police and Public Prosecution and Good Governance” (PRAVO Police) funded by the EU and implemented by UNOPS in close coordination with the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to promoting rule of law in Ukraine and to aligning law-enforcement agencies functioning with the best EU and international practices. PRAVO Police provided Ukrainian rule of law agencies with expert support, specialised training in a range of topics, as well as specialised forensic and personal protection equipment, means of transportation, ICT equipment, solutions, and systems. Following the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, PRAVO Police was reprogrammed to provide emergency assistance to rule of law institutions and support them in continuing to exercise their mandates of providing safety and security to the Ukrainian people. To this end, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies will receive essential means of transportation and communication as well as personal protective items worth over EUR 8,000,000 in the several months following 24 February 2022.