U.S. Embassy warns its citizens about "risks of violence" on election day in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The department advises to avoid demonstrations and crowds on election day in Ukraine
17:58, 20 July 2019
The US Embassy in Kyiv warned citizens about the "risk of violence" during the parliamentary elections day on July 21. The corresponding statement was published on the website of the department.

"The risk of violence increases during election periods, and on the eve of previous elections, some election-related demonstrations led to violence," the report said.

Citizens were advised to avoid demonstrations and crowds of people, to be prepared for increased police presence, possible street blocking, to adhere to instructions from local law enforcement agencies and to keep up with updates.

We recall that Saturday, July 20 is the day of silence before the snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine. On this day, all sorts of election campaign are prohibited by the law, and the voters can make a choice free of any influence. 

The day of electoral silence starts at midnight on July 19 and lasts on July 20. 

132,500 employees of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry will provide law and order on July 21 on Election Day to the Verkhovna Rada as Communication Department of the ministry said.

“On election day, 132,500 workers of the Interior Ministry will be involved, including the operational presence of rapid response teams, special forces and for the first time, the united aviation security of the Interior Ministry. Moreover, we enhance control of the state border, firefighting and pyrotechnic detachments,” Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister said.

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