Criminal proceedings launched after clashes between far-right and police in Cherkasy

Source : 112 Ukraine

15 people were injured during the clashes between far-right National Corps and the police
10:07, 10 March 2019


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Ukraine's National Police have launched criminal proceedings against the far-right activists of the National Corps and the National Guards, who provoked clashes with the law enforcement in Cherkasy. The press service of the National police of Ukraine reports this.

Related: 15 law enforcement officers injured in clashes with far-right National Corps in Cherkasy

“The police officers have launched the criminal proceedings under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – under part 2 of the article 345 (violence against the law enforcement worker) and part 4 of the article 296 (hooliganism),” the report said.

Earlier, as a result of the clash of National Corps far-right organization representatives with law enforcement officers in Cherkasy, 15 officers were injured, including the head of the local police Valeriy Lyuty. 

As part of a pre-election campaign, president Poroshenko has visited Cherkasy. Far-right came to ask Poroshenko, why no criminal proceeding against his close associate Oleg Gladkovsky was launched. Representatives of the National Corps tried to block the motorcade of the head of state and started provoking ordinary residents of Cherkasy and the police to fight. The far-right tried to break to the scene, they used pyrotechnics, but Poroshenko managed to retreat. The law enforcement officers used coercive measures.

Earlier on this day, several hundred participants of the National Corps and the National Guards movement gathered near the building of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine in Kyiv demanding to bring to justice Poroshenko's close associates, defendants of the journalistic investigation of the plundering at the Ukroboronprom state enterprise. The protesters tried to break through the cordon of law enforcement officers; as a result of a short skirmish tear gas was sprayed, but then the situation calmed down.

Citing an archive of documents and private messages from an anonymous leaker, journalists of Our Money (Nashi Groshi) described fraud by Igor Gladkovsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council, and his 22-year-old son of Oleg Gladkovsky. They were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his own Leninska Kuznia company was involved as a straw company.


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