Avakov: Ukraine creates its own SWAT teams

15:57, 13 March 2015
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Ukraine is cooperating with the United States in the process of creating a special unit within the Ukrainian Interior Ministry - an analogue of the U.S. SWAT assault team, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

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"We’re cooperating with the U.S. government and U.S. experts not only in the patrol service, but also to create a single Ukrainian police special unit. According to the government's program, it is planned to create a single special unit like U.S. SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) units," Avakov said.

According to Avakov, the Interior Ministry will be ready to present a program for this unit in the near future.

"The unit will be called "KORD" (Corps of operative and sudden actions)," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ministry of Interior has announced it is to create a new road patrol service to replace Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt traffic police.

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