“Putting Democratic Values at the Centre of International Assistance to Ukraine”, Oleksiy Melnyk (Razumkov, Ukraine)

Ukraine has made a remarkable progress in the area of SSR during the last six years. The value of Western support for the national reform efforts is hard to overestimate. The ultimate success, however, is still a challenge and depends on many factors, including Ukraine’s ability to absorb not only financial and in-kind contributions but also the Western democratic values and principles, incorporating them into practice, into the daily lives of national military and non-military security agencies. If Germany succeeds in supporting Ukraine with its efforts to replace the deeply rooted Soviet legacy by putting the principles of human rights and the rule of law in the centre of the Ukrainian security sector, it has a real chance to contribute to a stronger Ukraine.

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