Khreshchatyk, Kyiv’s main street in the downtown city, will be shut off on November 15, due to the increased danger of terrorist attack in the Ukrainian capital. Andriy Kryshchenko, the Chief of the Head Department of the National Police in Kyiv, said this while on air at 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘We are the state at war. There is a significant level of threat of a terrorist attack. We expect large number of people; we will do everything it takes for everyone to stay safe and sound. We will shut off Khreshchatyk street in the morning of November 15; metal detectors will be set. This is standard procedure, and we hope citizens will show enough understanding. The K-9 service and pyrotechnicians will examine sites of public actions that are slated for November 15 and 17. The Security Service will elaborate, too,’ Kryshchenko said.
Today, November 14, the National Police of Ukraine and the National Guard switch to the enhanced patrol mode due to the high level of terrorist threat.
The public protests in Kyiv are slated for November 15 and 17; bank depositors and those protesting against the raise of social tariffs will participate. According to the SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, it is Russian presidential counselor Vladislav Surkov who might be behind the plan to de-stabilize the political situation in Ukraine during these protests. Surkov’s e-mail inbox, which contained respective records, was hacked by the Ukrainian secret services earlier.
According to the law enforcers, the operation offered by Surkov includes mass protests across Ukraine aimed to discredit the state governmental agencies and to hold the early parliamentary election. Russia might use the election to increase its lobby in the new Ukrainian parliament and tear down the Ukraine’s European integration process.