Source: (2005) Newsletter of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice. 6(1): 5-6. Downloaded 24 August 2005.

Restorative justice was introduced in Ukraine in 2004 through a pilot programme run by the Ukrainian Centre for Common Ground (UCCG) in Kiev. The pilot programme succeeded in establishing a working partnership with the judicial system, developing a mechanism for co-operation with the courts and training a cadre of specialists in victim-offender mediation (VOM). Due to the achievements made during the pilot programme, the UCCG was encouraged by representatives of the legal system and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to expand the project to other regions of Ukraine. Since the summer of 2004, VOM programmes have been developed in five regions of the country. Co-operating with state and legal institutions in each region, Ukrainian NGOs have developed a variety of mechanisms to implement restorative justice programmes. These activities have had a significant impact. (excerpt)