'Today, here in Donbas, in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, you are a new face of Ukraine, you are the face of a new generation of Ukrainians, you are the future of our state. The pace and quality of changes in our common home, Ukraine, mainly depend on your work,' the President addressed the policemen and their relatives in front of the city council of Kramatorsk.
The Head of State noted that the launch of the police in those cities was symbolic and very important. The mission of the police in Donbas is not only in the protection of legal order - they must demonstrate radical difference of life between liberated areas and occupied areas - reported by president.gov.ua
'Restoration of peace in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk depends on you now despite the fact that you are a security institution. We are responsible for demonstrating to Donbas the difference between life in the occupied territory where crime, disorder, poverty and abuse of the rights of people prevail, and life in the liberated territory where law and order should prevail, where the highest standards of struggle against corruption must be demonstrated. You will have an opportunity to demonstrate the best qualities,' the President said calling the service of the police and the reform of the law enforcement bodies a symbol of change in the state.
'I want your work to be a symbol of such changes - restoration of order in Kramatorsk,' the Head of State added.
The President noted that there would be difficulties and mistakes on that track of changes, but it would guarantee progressive movement forward for individual institutions of the state and society as a whole.
'We cannot waste social trust. I urge everyone of you to remember that. Keep the oath in your heart. Live for the country as for the family - fight for its citizens. Defend Ukraine from lawlessness, for it is our big family,' Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President congratulated 194 patrol policemen of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk on passing a strict selection. There were 15 candidates for a place. This indicator is much higher than that of many universities of Ukraine and the world. 80% of patrol police officers have a higher education. Average age of policemen is 27 years.
The Head of State particularly noted that 17% of police officers were women 'who assumed part of responsibility for struggle against crime'.
Petro Poroshenko said that 14 patrol policemen had taken part in hostilities risking their lives and defending Ukraine from the aggression of Russia.
'If we had had such quality of law enforcers in Donbas two years ago, we would have shut down the so-called 'Russian spring' in the very beginning, unlike those traitors who surrendered police stations, hometowns and their souls to the enemy,' the President noted.
The President expressed gratitude to everyone loyal to the military oath, everyone who defends the country on the touch line, ensures legal order in the border area, fights terrorism and banditism, as well as to all active residents of Donbas who stand for the unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The President also thanked Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov, Chief of the National Police Khatia Dekanoidze, Eka Zguladze, international partners, particularly the Government of Japan. The majority of technical equipment, including patrol vehicles, has been provided by international partners.
Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov wished new policemen a successful and fruitful service.
'You are our hope for the better,' he said.
Chief of the National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze thanked residents of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk for supporting those people who decided to defend law and order.
'In order to defend the biggest evil, you should defend the people of Ukraine,' she noted.