Law of Ukraine
On Military Law and Order Service at the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Date of entry into force:
April 9, 2002

The Law defines the status, main tasks, organization and principles of activities of the Military Law and Order Service at the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Military Police), rights, duties, measures of social and legal defense and responsibility of its military personnel.

Military Law and Order Service at the Armed Forces of Ukraine is a special law-enforcement unit amounting to the Armed Forces of Ukraine destined for:
  • provision of law and order and military discipline for military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in places of location of military units, in military educational institutions, establishments and organizations, military camps, in streets and in public places;
  • prevention of offences, other violations of law in Armed Forces of Ukraine, their disclosure and cessation;
  • protection of life, health, rights and legal interests of military personnel, people subject to be drafted to the army at the time of their periodical trainings, staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
  • protection of property of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from embezzling and other illegal infringements and also participation in resistance to diversions and terrorist actions in military objects.

The main tasks of the Law and Order Service are:
  • revelation of reasons, starting conditions and conditions of offences and other violations done in military units and in military objects; investigation of persons who left military units without permission;
  • prevention of committing and cessation of offences and other violations in Armed Forces of Ukraine;
  • participation in defense of military objects and provision of public order and military discipline of military personnel in places of location of military units, military camps, in streets and public places;
  • defense of property of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from embezzlement and other illegal infringements;
  • provision of safety of traffic of military vehicles;
  • participation in garrison actions;
  • other tasks.

Numerical strength of the management bodies, subdivisions of Military Law and Order Service, their location are determined by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine and are based on the conditions of locations of troops. Boundary numerical strength of military personnel and staff of the Military Law and Order Service cannot exceed 1.5 per cent from the total number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Direct management of the Military Law and Order Service is fulfilled by the Central Administrative Board of the Military Law and Order Service at the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The areas of activity of the bodies of management and subunits of the Military Law and Order Service are defined by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

The order of calling military personnel of the other military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in to fulfillment of certain tasks of the Military Law and Order Service is determined by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. Military personnel selected to the military service to the Military Law and Order Service for the offices of officers, ensigns and sergeants and soldiers staff shall pass selection and testing of their professional appropriateness in this Service. After the professional selection in accordance with the demands approved by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, candidates receive professional training in profile directions in the Education Center of the Military Law and Order Service.

Financing of the Military Law and Order Service is done at the cost of the State Budget of Ukraine which is assigned for maintenance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and is envisaged by the estimate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in the separate line.

Military Law and Order Service has right to apply measures of physical influence, special appliances and guns in case and in accordance with the procedure envisaged by the current legislation of Ukraine. Usage of physical force, special appliances and guns should be preceded by the special warning about intention of their usage. Without the warning physical influence, special appliances and guns may be applied only in case of existence of direct threat to life or health of military personnel or other people. A military officer of the Law and Order Service shall report about usage of the physical force, special appliances, injury or death and also about all cases of application of weapon in written form within 24 hours his direct commander for notification of a prosecutor in accordance with the procedure envisaged by the legislation.

Social and legal defense of the military personnel and staff of the Law and Order Service and members of their families are done in accordance with the Law of Ukraine on social and legal defense of military personnel and their families.

Control over the activities of the Law and Order Service, its following the legislation is exercised by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.


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