Building of "Inter" TV channel in Kyiv set on fire by protesters

Source : 112 Ukraine

Police have detained several people
20:11, 4 September 2016

112 Agency

On Schuseva Str., 33 – where the office of Inter TV channel is located – a group of people set tyres alight, as reported by journalist of "112 Ukraine".

The details are being investigated, but it has been reported that several people brought tyres up to the TV channel office and set them on fire. Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov stated that participants of the rally by Inter office used to be fighters of the 30th Brigade of Ukraine's armed forces.

Police detained several protesters. One of the Inter Media Group managers, Alexander Pilipets, wrote on his Facebook page that several employees had been seriously wounded, and many people in the building suffered from smoke inhalation.

The press secretary of Kyiv police, Oksana Blischyk posted the following in her Facebook:

"Around 4:30 pm the police received a call about a group of people who were burning tyres by the office of one of TV channels, on Schuseva Street. When the patrols arrived, they found out that a group of about 20 people came up to the building, pitched tents and brought tires. Next the tires were set on fire, and upon preliminary information – a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the building. … After verification of facts, the investigating officers will provide a legal treatment of this incident".

Previously Ukrainian bloggers accused Inter TV channel in cooperation with terrorists from DPR. Accusations were based on the correspondence which allegedly took place between Inter employees and DPR militants, and was leaked in the web. The authenticity of this correspondence has not been confirmed.

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