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Shooting at press conference in Kherson: Suspect detained

Police detained the chairman of the Socialist Party regional organization on suspicion of attacking the office of the Novyi Den newspaper
17:42, 20 January 2019

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Police detained the chairman of the Socialist Party regional organization on suspicion of attacking the office of the Novyi Den newspaper. This was announced by Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the press service of the department reports.

“Now we investigate the involvement of the detainee in a violent incident at the press club of the Novyi Den newspaper - the fight, the use of traumatic weapons, and tear gas. It was announced that he was suspected of committing an offense under Article 266 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," said Avakov.

He recalled that the head of the Socialist Party, Ilya Kyva, announced his participation in the presidential elections and noted that this is an unacceptable example of the electoral activity.

"In such cases, the National Police will act strictly within the law. The election campaign should be calm and peaceful - without shots, tear gas and power actions! We will very toughly stop any attempts to destabilize the situation in the country and in any settlement in this special period", Avakov noted.

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We recall, on January 18, the participants of the press conference in Kherson were attacked with automatic weapons and poisoned by gas.

“Today there was a shooting at the press club. There was a press conference devoted to passenger autotransportation. And at this time, around 12: 30-13: 00, they started shooting from the corridor through the door to the press club room and also used gas. The bullets broke the windows in the room. There were many shot, I think offenders used a machine gun," said the head of the press club.

According to her, the representatives of the police were also among the participants of this press conference. “Now (after the shooting, - ed.) there is a lot of police here,” head of the press club Nechipurenko added.

She noted that none of the participants of the press conference was injured since everyone fell on the floor. However, there are people who suffered from gas sprayed in the room. “People were poisoned by gas. The ambulance arrived, they helped those who breathed gas,” said Nechipurenko.

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