Religious procession in Kyiv: Safety measures strengthened

Fence and metal detectors installed in the downtown city; police and the National Guard patrol the nearby streets
08:34, 27 July 2016

According to 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent, the law enforcers gathered in the Kyiv city centre to maintain public safety during the religious procession that is slated for today in the Ukrainian capital.

Streets are blocked for vehicle movement, except for one line on Khreshchatyk street; metal detectors, the iron fence and K-9 dogs are in position already, the reporter says.   

The city centre will remain shut off by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The authorities ask the locals to not use their own vehicles to get to the downtown until then, because currently, parking in the downtown is forbidden. All driveways to the European square, in the city centre, are now blocked.

The procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church started in Eastern Ukraine in Svyatogorsk Lavra on July 3 and in Western Ukraine in Pochayiv Lavra on July 9. It is planned that the two groups of believers enter Kyiv on July 26, meet on July 27 in Kiev at St. Vladimir's Hill, and together with the Orthodox Kyiv citizens and pilgrims proceed to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The expected number is 30 000 participants.

The law enforcers are on high alert expecting possible provocations by pro-Russian agents.

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