A conflict occurred between the law enforcers involving Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Parasyuk and the trade blockade activists in Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, at 19:00. Vyacheslav Abroskin, deputy head of the National Police, reported that during his briefing, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
In the result of the conflict, seven policemen got injured and were hospitalized.
“Five of them are the members of the special forces unit in Donetsk region and two policemen of Slovyansk regional police department,” Vyacheslav Abroskin announced.
According to Abroskin, a column of 13 cars with more than 35 years moved towards Slovyansk through a checkpoint. According to the data of police they refused to undergo routine checks and provoked a conflict.
Police asked the documents for their guns. However, the blockade activists refused to provide the documents.
In the result of a battle of words, a conflict rose. Member of Ukrainian Parliament threw punches to the policemen and tried to pull out the guns from the policemen. Yuriy Holuban, the Head of the police department watching in Slovyansk.
"MP Parasyuk came up threatening and offending policemen with indecent words and tried to pick a fight. Parasyuk ordered his people to get out of the cars. Parasyuk was a leader of this attack against policemen. There were 40 – 50 people attacking policemen. I took the decision not to use firearms, as the MP was among them. After they broke through the checkpoint, they got back into their cars and left. Five members of my detachment got injuries. One of them was hit by the car of Parasyuk, two others have face traumas and tow more were spattered with tear gas,” Holuban stated.
As it was reported, the supporters of the trade blockade in Donbas gathered in Kyiv for a rally on Tuesday evening.
The activists say they aim to prevent black trading between Ukraine and the occupied territories of Donbas. On March 13, Ukrainian law enforcers dispersed the activists near the redoubt in Kryvy Torets, Donetsk region. Over 40 people were detained; later, all were released.