Head of the National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze, who is currently in the U.S. but is closely monitoring the developments in Kyiv, has commented on the situation during live broadcast by TSN.Tyzhden, Censor.NET reports.
"I'm in the U.S. as we need the support of our strategic partners during the reform of police. The U.S. Vice President has personally asked me to inform him and his team on the pace of police reform. So I expect the official visit to be successful," Dekanoidze said.
The National Police head said the protest of former policemen had been anticipated.
"As for the protest, you know, we expected it when we started to carry out the reform. Because none of the reforms, especially that of the police, can pass without resistance of the system. Because there is a system that will fight back. But if someone thinks that I am alone in this battle, he is wrong. I am very grateful for the support of the Minister (Avakov), grateful for the support of the government and the president. These people, who went out (to protest) today, had not waited for the decision of the Appeals Court as they definitely knew they would not win this appeal. I will say even more: we are proud that these people took to the streets. Why? Because it means that we are doing everything right, that we're on the right track.
"The reform of the National Police is the one the Ukrainian people anticipated most. And the only thing I want to say to the society is that it should trust us. We know what we're doing. And believe us - we do not want to see people who have been involved in personal enrichment practices for 20-25 years in the new ranks of the National Police," National Police head said.