The two meetings of the opposing sides took place at Dumskaya square in the downtown of Odesa, southern Ukraine.
Four hundred activists gathered to support Hennadiy Trukhanov, the city mayor, while 20 to 30 protesters reached the square to express their outrage at the city’s zoning for further building. Local fight took place between the two camps, but the police interfered and managed to calm down the tensions.
MPs from Oleg Lyashko’s Radical Party Andriy Lozovy and Ihor Mosiychuk reported that Trukhanov’s supporters dispersed the protesters as the police took no action to protect the latter. According to Mosiychuk, the vehicles that belong to protesters ‘are being blocked or even arrested; the police say that the cars might be wired’. Riot police is present at the site, too, Mosiychuk wrote.
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Previously, protesters gathered under the building of the presidential administration in Kyiv, demanding Trukhanov’s resignation. Earlier, the Ukrainian media reported that the mayor of Odesa pointed he had Russian citizenship while filling registration documents of his offshore companies on Virgin Islands. The case involved 20 enterprises that are related to Odesa mayor and his inner circle.
Trukhanov himself denied the information about his Russian citizenship.