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UCPM experts made the first assessment of Ukraine's capabilities to respond to CBRN threats

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20.03.2024 18:25

The Advisory Mission on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear threats under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism has assessed Ukraine's capabilities to respond to CBRN threats and presented its first findings.

It was discussed during a meeting between the leadership of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and representatives of the Mission. Practical trainings on the readiness of CBRN units of the SESU were conducted during the week in different regions. The experts of the Mission were able to review Ukraine's capabilities to respond to emergencies related to CBRN threats and received the necessary information for further analysis and development of recommendations.

“I am grateful that, despite the dangers of full-scale armed Russian aggression, the experts of the Mission kept working under the air raid alerts and are ready to share with us their first conclusions on Ukraine's capabilities to respond to emergencies related to CBRN threats. It is very valuable for the SESU to receive an expert assessment of the system in order to optimize and develop it, especially in the context of deepening participation in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism”, - said Acting Head of the SESU, Andrii Danyk. He said that rescuers are already working to improve Ukraine's response system to CBRN threats. However, he also said that a comprehensive expert analysis and recommendations will help to improve and develop this process so that Ukraine can fully cooperate with European countries to respond to CBRN threats in the future.

In his turn, the Deputy Head of the SESU, Volodymyr Demchuk said about importance for the Ukrainian side to receive in the final report of the Mission not only an assessment of the current procedures and technical capabilities of CBRN units, but also the proposals for their unification and standardization, modernization of equipment. “This is necessary for us in the future to ensure the synchronization and capabilities of CBRN units engaging in case of incidents in Ukraine and the same capability of CBRN units of the SESU during engaging in works in European countries. All this is very important from the point of view of our participation in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism”, - underlined Volodymyr Demchuk.

Presenting the interim conclusions, the Head of the Advisory Mission, Urban Rönnqvist said that the work of the Mission is a continuation of the support of Ukraine by European partners. “Our work has been going on since the beginning of March, but planning and preparation began in August of last year. I want to thank my colleagues from the SESU for all the work you have done to ensure the success of this Mission," Urban Rönnqvist informed that the Mission plans to prepare and submit the final report and its recommendations in a few weeks.

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