Bondarenko stated that he came to the regional department of police to make sure that the report about the cancelation of questioning was not a prank.
Cherkasy Mayor is going to defend his position and prove that the Constitution acts for all citizens of Ukraine.
Bondarenko reminded that Cherkasy was one of the first cities, which imposed rigorous quarantine measures, stopped public transport, and allowed to use public transport only by medical workers.
“But as for today, we saw that there are double standards in our country. It is possible to do business with non-observance of sanitary norms; it is possible for big hypermarkets to trade; it is possible for particular restaurants to work. A common businessman cannot trade,” he stated.
Bondarenko underlined that the citizens of the city may visit pawn shops but they should not visit parks, forests, gardens, where it is possible to recover, breathe fresh air.
“We were the first to react rigidly but we, when we saw that there is such a social injustice, we restored the Constitution,” he commented on the decision of Cherkasy city council on mitigation of the quarantine measures.
According to Bondarenko, on May 12, Cherkasy will be ready to function normally with the observance of all quarantine restrictions.
He also explained why the Central market did not open, despite the decision of the city council and the Health Ministry: “The businessmen cannot start to work immediately on the second day; they need to prepare; it takes about week to open the shops because there are food products, other goods; because they do not have sufficient stock of the products to begin the trade. They work to stick to the sanitary and epidemic conditions completely; they purchase all necessary antiseptics, disposable gloves, masks, glasses and they will work to observe sanitary norms. It is the most important”.
On April 30, Cherkasy mayor Anatoliy Bondarenko ordered to weaken the lockdown measures in the city, allowing the citizens to visit parks and most of the shops. President Zelensky, in his address, promised "legal consequences" for such a decision. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov claimed that the response to the weakening of the lockdown in Cherkasy will be a "tough one."
As we reported before, the Minister of Health of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov arrived with a check in Cherkasy in connection with the decision of the city council to cancel quarantine measures.
On May 2, Mayor Anatoliy Bondarenko also said the central government was "afraid of mayors of regional capitals", and the decisions that could be made by the local authority. The same day, the mayor was summoned for interrogation due to the premature mitigation of the quarantine in the city.
Besides, residents of Cherkasy witnessed an increased security mode, as military vehicles and patrol units of the National Guard appeared on the streets. Earlier, the local citizens were urged to come and support their mayor Anatoliy Bondarenko. It was assumed that the government could fear resistance and mass protests in the city, which is why the military stepped in.