EU and UNOPS hand over personal protective equipment to Ukrainian police
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On 16 July, the European Union together with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) provided high-performance personal protective equipment to the National Police of Ukraine, including more than 150,000 respirators, 170,000 medical masks and 60.000 protective overalls.
The supplies are worth more than €500,000 and were delivered through the project ‘Support for Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine in the Areas of Police, Public Prosecution and Good Governance (PRAVO Police)’ implemented by UNOPS in close coordination with the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM). This protective equipment will help officers to stay safe while performing their duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ukrainian police officers and first responders are on the front line keeping the public safe. Protective measures like physical distancing are not always an option for these professionals, leaving them at a higher risk of contracting and spreading the novel coronavirus as they perform their critical jobs.
The EU Ambassador Matti Maasikas noted: “We are providing this personal protection equipment to the Ukrainian policewomen and policemen so that they could be safe when doing their daily work in service of the citizen.” He added: “This delivery will significantly improve National Police’s capacity to work in times of the pandemic.”
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