mobilizing rescuers. The government has reduced reservations for state emergency services and police

Author of the photo, State Emergency Service

photo caption, Officials decided to partially remove armor from state emergency service workers. They promise it’s not just about firefighters and rescue workers on the front lines

The government of Ukraine decided to allow the mobilization of personnel of the state emergency service and the police, providing them with only 50% armor. Although the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was confident until the end that 90% of rescuers would be allowed to register. Critics of the decision cite the worsening crime situation in the country and the difficulties of coping with the consequences of Russian shelling.

Armor for Rescuers and Police is about 50% new Resolution of the Government which was adopted on 5th June, but made public only on 7th June.

At the same time, there is a loophole in the document to reserve more than 50% of the employees of the state emergency service.

“The number of conscription personnel subject to reservation may exceed 50% as per the separate decision of the Defense Minister adopted on the basis of a reasonable appeal by the Home Affairs Minister,” the government’s decision said.

At the same time, Internal Affairs Minister Ihor Klimenko, who reports to the State Emergency Service, says authorities have agreed to 90% of the armor for rescuers and police.

“An agreed decision was made on the allocation of 90% of the personnel of the State Emergency Service and the National Police. There is an option for 10% of the personnel of the State Emergency Service to be mobilized into the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. , 10% of the police officers subject to National Guard or State Border Service mobilization may join the “Lyut” regiment or in addition “Three combat brigades of the National Police of Ukraine can be created,” Klymenko said.

Norm of 50% reservation is also applicable for NABU, BEB and DBR.

According to rules According to the new Act on Mobilization, Army personnel serving in the National Police and State Service for Emergency Situations (DSNS) are subject to reservation. But unlike some other government employees, the law does not explicitly specify what percentage of employees of the National Police Service and State Emergency Service may wear armor. It seems from the text that everything is 100%.

It is often used as an element of criticism in the everyday conversations of Ukrainians. All personnel of the defense forces who are in good physical shape and capable of handling weapons are armored on any basis, and representatives of civilian professions are not.

But the situation has changed.

Rescue workers ahead

The first concerns the decision to send state emergency service workers to the front lines reported On June 1, member of the Verkhovna Rada of “European Unity” Oleksiy Honcharenko. He called the decision “absolutely insane.”

Author of the photo, State Emergency Service

photo caption, Some rescue teams are being assembled

“Their mobilization is nonsense. Who will do their job? Who will come to the call after another Russian attack on a residential building? Who will put out the fire?” – he mentioned.

According to him, employees of the state emergency service are “forced” to be transferred to the police, and from there to the frontline combat units.

At the end of May, it appeared on the Cabinet’s website PetitionIt called on authorities to halt the mobilization of rescuers and other civil defense workers.

It collected the required 25,000 signatures within 3 days, so it must now be considered by the government.

Author of the photo, State Emergency Service

photo caption, Rescue workers of the State Emergency Service sort through the rubble of a destroyed Kharkiv building after shelling on May 30.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the authorities made a principled decision long ago to remove 100% of the armor from the State Emergency Service and the National Police and other law enforcement agencies. Until recently, discussions continued about how many employees would be accumulated in these structures – 10% or 50%.

Processes to transfer the rescuers to the combat units of the police have also already started. Why exactly this way? A source of the leadership of the law enforcement organization explains that this is due to the existence of special ranks among the employees of the state emergency service.

That is, upon mobilization into the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a civil defense officer loses his rank and becomes an ordinary soldier.

But when transferred to the police, special posts are kept.

In addition, according to the interlocutor, the mobilization to the front-line units primarily concerned the employees of the state emergency service, who held positions in the units of the rear regional administrations.

Firefighters and rescuers from the front-line Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Kharkiv regions are not scheduled to engage in hostilities.

“It is not true to say that they send everyone in line. There is no such thing,” assures the interlocutor.

Accordingly, there is no reason for him to say that mobilizing 10% of the staff of the state emergency service will worsen the situation in Ukraine by responding to fire, vandalism and other emergency situations. But if you raise 50%, the situation will be completely different.

Is there a police presence?

According to Ihor Klimenko, head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the country has only 75,000 male police officers and another 25,000 female police officers.

However, of this number, more than 6,000 are already serving on the frontlines in so-called “combat units,” that is, units engaged in hostilities on the side of Ukraine’s defense forces.

First of all, we are talking about the combined assault brigade of the police “Lieut”.

According to the BBC, the Ministry of Home Affairs plans to create at least two combat brigades in the near future.

Also, around 30,000 police officers are working in frontline regions. They, in addition to investigating crimes and maintaining public order, actively assist in evacuating civilians.

Accordingly, if an additional 10% of the national police force is mobilized, there will be only approximately 30-35 thousand male guards in the rear areas to monitor the obviously very low crime situation for a large country like Ukraine. If you raise 50%, the situation will be very difficult.

And the number of crimes is increasing. For example, 181,400 criminal offenses were registered during January-April this year, and 172,300 during the same period last year.

photo caption, Interior Minister Ihor Klimenko says all employees “can take up arms,” ​​but insists their numbers are not too high.

At the same time, Minister Klymenko notes that the mobilization of the police depends on the deterioration of the situation on the front.

“If the situation at the front becomes more complicated, we must all take up arms,” ​​he said in early May. Interview TV Channel 1+1.

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs insists that for now, it is “wrong” to say that the police are not fighting.

According to the BBC, the Ministry of Defense is the first to remove the shield from the State Emergency Service and the NPU.

Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Lasutkin told the BBC that he could not comment on the mobilization of rescuers and police officers and advised them to write an official request. The BBC sent a related request and at the time of going to press, the Ministry had not responded to this request.

The leadership of the state emergency service did not comment on the situation. But in recent days, under all the posts on the department’s social networks, dozens of comments with almost the same content have appeared – “Take back the emergency room apron!”

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