Ukraine’s special services prevent Russia-sponsored rallies in Odesa

Source : 112 Ukraine

The rallies against alleged 'oppression on ethnic grounds' were supposed to take place before Easter, - SBU spokesman
11:26, 19 April 2017

112 Agency

The SBU, Ukraine’s Security Service prevented several rallies, which were sponsored by Russia and were supposed to be organized by local pro-Russian organization in Odesa, southern Ukraine. Oleksandr Tkachuk, the spokesman of the SBU, said this at a briefing on Wednesday.

The rally was supposed to take place on April 13, before the Easter. The Russian side assigned almost 3,500 U.S. dollars, which a Ukrainian citizen, leader of the mentioned pro-Russian organization carried with him; some of the money was seized as the SBU detained him.  

‘A Kremlin-supported local organization planned to h a rally, an alleged protest action held by the local Bulgarian community, outraged at the ‘oppression of Bulgarians in Ukraine’, which is false. Russia has been deliberately posing Ukrainian authorities and common citizens as intolerant to national minorities, which is not consistent with the reality,’ Tkachuk said.

According to him, this rally in Odessa was supposed to be organized by the same pro-Russian activists who tried to provoke mass disturbances in Lviv region, western Ukraine, on March 31; back then, they blocked Lviv – Rava-Ruska highway, protesting against ‘oppression of ethnic Poles in Ukraine’.

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