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Protests against placement of evacuated Ukrainians take place in Poltava region

Source : 112 Ukraine

As it was reported earlier, citizens of Ukraine, evacuated from China, would be transferred to the Internal Ministry’s sanatorium in Novi Sanzhary, Poltava region
12:20, 20 February 2020

National Police of Poltava region

Mass protests against the placement of Ukrainians, who were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, have begun in the Poltava region. The spokesman of National Police of the Poltava region Yurii Sulaiev informed about it in the comment to the 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

"The residents of Novi Sanzhary were blocking the carriageway to the settlement almost all night. They protest, because they received information that people from China would come to them, and they categorically opposed it and went out to protest. In the morning, when police officers asked people to stop the offense and unblock the road, some citizens showed aggression and refused to comply with the lawful demands of police officers and clashes with the police began. Thus, the 10 most active people were taken out of the crowd and were dealt with," SulaevSulaiev noted.

He added that the protests were ongoing at that moment. Law enforcement officers are talking to protesters, local authorities are also talking to people, there is a discussion.

Related: Ukrainians evacuated from Wuhan to be hosted in Poltava region, - Interior Ministry

Kolo.news reports that police have blocked all entrances to Novi Sanzhary, exits from surrounding villages. The village has a lot of special equipment, including armored vehicles, several special-purpose buses.

As we reported earlier, Ukrainians, evacuated from Wuhan, China, would be placed in the sanatorium of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Poltava region. This was reported by 112 Ukraine TV Channel correspondents.

"At first, it was known that it was going to be the base under Kharkiv, but now it is reported that evacuated Ukrainians will be transferred to the Internal Ministry’s sanatorium in Novi Sanzhary, Poltava region. A lot of people started writing that Kharkiv was poorly adapted for such kind of operation and urged to resist the placement,” the correspondent stated.

Related: Zelensky shames protesters for blocking routes and hospitals amid evacuation of Ukrainians from China

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