July 8, 2015

Oleksandr Motuzyanyk: Ukrainian special services detain Russian mercenary and “LPR” militant group member

Ukrainian special services detained a Russian mercenary originally from the Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous district of the Russian Federation who was fighting on the side of the so-called “LPR”, said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, spokesperson of the Administration of the President of Ukraine on ATO related issues, during a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “He was convicted for a serious crime committed in the Russian Federation. Subsequently, the mercenary went to eastern Ukraine and joined the ‘Prizrak’ militant group.

Volunteers “Smile for Ukraine”: Proper psychological rehabilitation of ATO servicemen is a prerequisite for Ukraine’s future

“You can be a winner of a battle, but lose the war because the winner is unable to revive his country. This is why the psychological rehabilitation of servicemen is vital,” said French expert on neuropsychology and psychosomatics Nicolas Tacusell during a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. Tacussel is also a specialist on the theory of leadership, in addition to founding of the NGO Smile for Ukraine. Yuliya Savchuk, Project Manager for Smile for Ukraine, laid emphasis on the importance of rehabilitation. “Our heroes can become our enemies, and it will be like a gangrene burning the country from the inside,” she added.

“A new approach to procurement in “Ukrzaliznychpostach” allowed to save more than 100 million hryvnia in state funds” – Yevhen Khoroshchak

Over the past six months, Ukrzaliznychpostach saved more than 100 million hryvnia in state funds due to the new approaches in the area of procurement. In particular, this applies to the conditions for aligning procurement with the best international and European practices. Acting Director General of the state enterprise Ukrzaliznychpostach, Yevhen Khoroshchak announced these savings during a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. According to Khoroschak, to achieve this the company began simplifying the qualification and technical part of the tender documents. In order to improve the competitive environment, the company expanded its range of manufacturers.

Swiss and Ukrainian NGOs highlight need to communicate and explain benefits of decentralization to Ukrainians

One of the important tasks in promoting decentralization reform is to provide citizens across Ukraine with accurate information on both how the reforms will progress and how they will affect the life of the individual. Often it is the lack of information on reforms, which hinders their progress. The Swiss-Ukrainian project “Supporting Decentralization in Ukraine,” or DESPRO, and the NGO Association of Independent Experts, presented the results of research from a series of focus group at Ukraine Crisis Media Center on the topic “Decentralization in Ukraine: How People’s Opinion Change.”

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Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre was set up in March 2014 to provide the international community with objective information about events in Ukraine and threats to national security, particularly in the military, political, economic, energy and humanitarian spheres. The Centre is providing media support o a 24/7 basis to all those covering events in Ukraine and runs a daily schedule of live press briefings and moderated discussions to provide the world with accurate and up-to-date information about the fast-moving situation in Ukraine. Since inception the Center has evolved into a communications hub with outreach to both internal audiences in Ukraine as well as conducting active outreach to opinion formers and the media outside of Ukraine. Since its launch Ukraine Crisis Media Center has initiated and organized over 1150 press briefings, with 2450 speakers, among whom there are leading government officials, diplomats, experts and civic activists and opinion formers.

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