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FightingCOVID-19 on Multiple Fronts: Update from the Ukrainian Armed Forces
31 March 2020 15:53

Quarantine measures in Ukraine to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak are getting stricter. 

An emergency regime is currently in effect in all regions of Ukraine.

Under the current circumstances, the Armed Forces of Ukraine took one of the leading roles in fighting the novel-coronavirus.

Responding to the pandemic, on March 17, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Andrii Taran, established under the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine the Center for Coordination and Cooperation of State Authorities with the Military Command to prevent the spread of the novel-coronavirus.

The main task of the Center is to ensure the coordination and exchange of information between the Ministry of Defence, state agencies working on the epidemiological situation in the country, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, the Center will compile and promptly inform the Ministry of Defence leadership about the epidemiological situation within the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Its sub-centers have been deployed in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In order to carry out restrictive quarantine measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine and to maintain public safety and order, joint enhanced detachments of the Military Police, the National Police, and the National Guard of Ukraine have been patrolling residential areas and military garrisons since March 22.

International defence cooperation was directed to focus its efforts on protecting the health of its personnel and to review their current priorities. The Minister of Defence and his Deputies personally contact their personnel based in partner countries and international organisations in order to swiftly align multinational plans in response to this rapidly emerging threat.

During the pandemic, Healthcare institutions in Ukraine as well as Military Medical Services are in need of any possible aid from junior medical personnel and doctors.

The Military Medical Service is looking to mobilize not only financial, but primarily human resources – all those who have expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, anaesthesiology, pharmacy, therapy, representatives of other scarce and niche medical specialties – to ensure national security and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Military medical installations at all levels are being prepared to receive up to 1000 potentially infected servicemen. Medical personnel are receiving additional specialized training. The command staff of the Military Medical Service is organizing and conducting extensive exercises to prepare to act under conditions of the strict anti-epidemiological regime. 

Since the beginning of the Russian aggression in the East of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Army has maintained a strong record of effective cooperation with civil society, gained when such cooperation was, and still is, badly needed. With respect to Joint Forces Operation, especially at the contact line, only the Armed Forces can provide the necessary aid to the civilian population.

In order to combat the large-scale challenges that have emerged from the global pandemic of the novel-coronavirus, and to prevent the spread of this terrible disease in the world and in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has requested support from retired military personnel, volunteers, concerned citizens who have relevant experience in the medical field as well as medical students and interns with a call for joint activities to tackle cases of the novel-coronavirus.

All these extensive efforts are being taken under the condition that the Armed Forces of Ukraine remain combat-ready in order to deter ongoing Russian aggression and to ensure security in the Black Sea and the Azov area.

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