The Ukrainian armed forces have taken a huge qualitative leap since 2014. Volunteer battalions played an important role especially in the first phase of the conflict. Some of our Ukrainian partners fought in crucial battles (Debaltseve, Ilovaisk, …). Such combat experience is fairly unique in Europe. Especially the middle European countries, with their uncertain security situation, should prioritize the study of such real life experience.
As a part of our work we mediate such experience and contacts for the relevant specialists. One of our closest associates in Kharkov is Ihor Ruschenko, an author of first publication dealing with the Russian-Ukrainian hybrid war. Рущенко І. П. Російсько-українська гібридна війна: погляд соціолога.
Great emphasis should also be put on police training. T4U members are doing their best to help police school cadets, member of the new police, volunteers and Territorial Defense units members and others. We share what we know. We have completed several community policing, human trafficking and similar projects in Kharkov, Odessa, Užhorod…
There is a lot to learn for our foreign partners in Ukraine. Mainly the aspects of the Ukrainian security system which deliver good results should be interesting and inspiring for them as well. Particularly the military sphere has been consolidated with a lightning speed and has a solid outcome as seen on the SSO, Special Operations Forces of Ukrainian Armed Forces example. Another positive example is the work of the new police and NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Foreign practice cannot be blindly copied into specific reforms as they are not fully transferable due to Ukrainian specific conditions. In such an environment it is however greatly relevant to point out the unsuccessful reforms (“this should be rather avoided”) which is as important as pointing out the successful examples (“this could be done”). Experts from The Czech Society of Criminology, specialists from La Strada, Open Society organizations and police also participate on our work.
Middle Europe can and should study the civilian population role in the country defense within the Ukrainian arena. The civilian population plays a role not only the open military conflict but also in the antiterrorist defense and against the enemy groups infiltrating the rear. These are all new topics in the middle Europe and the discussion on their possible solution is only beginning. T4U tries to mediate this experience so that we can prepare for situations which Ukraine had to face unprepared.