Europe’s New Security Model: How Can “Compass” Help Ukraine?

March 24, 2022

Judging from the programme, the EU clearly relies on NATO for security

The European Union has approved the first-ever joint EU security and defence strategy called the Strategic Compass. The decision was made by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the 27 EU member states at a meeting in Brussels on Monday, 21 March. Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-director of the Razumkov Centre’s Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, the Coordinator of International Projects, told the Apostrophe about the impact of the new EU defence strategy on Ukraine, which has been at war with crazed Russia for a month.

This document was prepared in advance; it was widely discussed with the public and reviewed at various levels in the European Union. Generally speaking, it is a document for peacetime, urgently edited under today’s wartime conditions.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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