Residents of Cherkasy, central Ukraine witnessed an increased security mode, as military vehicles and patrol units of the National Guard appeared on the streets. Chief municipal inspector of the city Stanislav Kolomiyets placed his video record on Facebook, showing how it happened.
"Last night (May 3, - 112 International), National Guard vehicles packed with fighters appeared on the streets of Cherkasy. I spotted one of these vehicles next to my house, and I wondered why the unprecedented security boost. They told me they were "patrolling," an MP of the local city council said.
According to him, the day before, he urged people to come and support their mayor Anatoliy Bondarenko, who was summoned for an interrogation at the National Police main department's building in Cherkasy. "Hundreds of people were ready to show up; however, the interrogation was postponed for an indefinite period of time", the MP said.
Stanislav Kolomiyets assumes that the government could fear resistance and mass protests in the city, which is why the military stepped in.
On May 2, mayor Anatoliy Bondarenko also said the central government was "afraid of mayors of regional capitals", and the decisions that could me made by the local authority.
On April 30, Cherkasy mayor 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."