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Tuesday, May 9, during mass events timed to the 72nd anniversary of the Victory Day, there were street fights and conflicts in some Ukrainian cities.
About three thousand local residents gathered in Zaporizhyia to honor the memory of the fallen. However, not far from the place of the celebrations about 400 far-right gathered, who had different views on the purpose of Victory Day gatherings. In order to avoid straight conflicts, the police separated the two groups.
"These rallies took place without significant violations, but one of the participants used pepper spray against people and police officers, after which he was detained by patrol policemen," the report said. One policeman was injured.
Zaporizhia, May, 9th
Mass riots were observed in the capital of Ukraine. According to the police, during the Victory Day rally, 31 people were detained, six of whom resisted police officers and used prohibited symbols. Two people were detained because they tried to deploy a banner with St. George ribbons.
In addition, someone from the office of far-right Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in Kyiv attacked the law enforcers, participants of "Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten" rally, and journalists with smoke bombs, paint balls, eggs, and potatoes.
When the column of the participants went to the park of Eternal Glory, balloons with paint and smoke bombs, as well as potatoes and sticks, were thrown from the OUN office.
It is reported that the police officer has been wounded. And in the OUN office, windows were broken and furniture was damaged.
Kyiv, May 9
In Kharkiv, clashes between the participants of the action "Immortal Regiment" and far-right activists took place during laying down flowers at the Memorial of Glory. According to the speaker of the National Policy in the Kharkiv region, Olena Baranyk, no one was detained or injured.
Kharkiv, May, 9th
In Odesa, 15 people were detained for using and distributing symbols.
"At present, 15 people are delivered to the police, two of them for the transportation of Soviet-era symbols, the other 13 for hooliganism and disobedience to police officers," the law-enforcers noted.
In addition, an armed man in the World War II form tried to ride a moped along the Walk of Fame.
"A man in a World War II military uniform from tried to ride a moped along the Walk of Fame, where the regime restrictions are temporarily in effect." The police stopped him and brought him to the police station for identification," the law-enforcers said.
Massive scuffle occurred in Dnipro. The reason was the column of the "Opposition block" led by former vice-premier of Ukraine Olexander Vilkul.
Some activists have their heads broken. 15 people were detained. Six police officers and eight citizens have been injured. The reason was the use of political symbols (flags).
Dnipro, 9 May
In other areas of Ukraine, festive events took place in a calm and organized manner.
A "military parade" and an "Immortal Regiment" rally took place in occupied Donetsk.
Donetsk, May 9
In Donetsk, the DPR "authorities" have held a military parade. According to the local press, more than 50 military equipment were involved. The column of artillery, antiaircraft guns, combat vehicles, and other weapons was headed by the T-34 tank (of the Great Patriotic War times).