Today the most prominent reform of Ukraine so far has reached Odessa: new patrol police have taken oath to protect public order and to serve Ukrainian citizens.
From now on almost 400 police officers will patrol the streets of the city. Soon their number will double.
President Petro Poroshenko, Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Eka Zguladze, Governor of Odessa oblast Mikheil Saakashvili and other officials attended the ceremony. Officers of California Highway Patrol, who helped to train new police, were also present.
Perhaps, the most touching moment of the whole ceremony was when relatives and friends were allowed to congratulate and hug their sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends after the official part was over. They were really happy and proud: