May 23, the Antiterrorist Centre under the Security Service of Ukraine
conducted a scheduled counterterrorism tactical exercise in the premises
of the Embassy of Israel, Central Synagogue of a Jewish community in Kyiv and
in a secondary school No. 325.
Regional SSU bodies, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the
State Service for Emergency Situations, the State Border Guard Service, the
State Guard Service, the Interior Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the
Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of
the SSU Headquarters and the ATC Staff under the SSU, the Kyiv City State
Administration, a number of district administrations in Kyiv as well as
the Israeli Embassy participated in the exercise.
The chief goal was to enhance the level of training of units engaged in
combating terrorism, establish effective mechanism of interagency cooperation
and refine practical skills in suppressing terrorist manifestations and
minimization of their consequences at the distinguished facilities in Kyiv. The
drill scenario involved taking hostages and simultaneous mining of several sites.
The exercise was observed by the First Deputy Chairman – the Head of the ATC
under the SSU Petro Shatkovskyi and the Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Israel to Ukraine Reuven Din El.
The counterterrorism drill tests emergency situation response capabilities of
task forces and equipment, verifies effectiveness of control algorithms for counterterrorism
operation on various sites and crowded locations.
Summarizing the results of the exercise Petro Shatkovskyi stressed that
Ukraine does not belong to the list of counties with a high terrorist threat level.
‘Today there is no threat to the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine or to diplomatic
missions of other countries,’ he underlined.
However, in the light of global tendencies it is vital to introduce a range
of measures aimed at upgrading countrywide terrorism counteraction system. In
particular, implementation of the Concept of Fight against Terrorism approved
by the President of Ukraine in April 2013 should facilitate this process.
‘Although we are going to analyze thoroughly results of the today’s drill, it
is already possible to draw a conclusion that the operational staff and the
units involved demonstrated a high level of training and interagency cooperation,’
emphasized Petro Shatkovskyi.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to
Ukraine Reuven Din El expressed gratitude to the Security Service of Ukraine
for conducting a large-scale counterterrorism exercise at the said facilities.
‘I enjoyed observing the high level of training of the involved agencies.
The system is sophisticated and its managing requires incredible professionalism.
That is exactly what we saw today,’ said the Ambassador.
‘Such exercise gives our embassy and other diplomatic missions on the
territory of Ukraine the sense of security,’ underscored Reuven Din El.
The SSU Press-centre