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Victory Day in Ukraine: Rallies, marches, scuffles

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s rightist and leftist forces once again used the memorable date for a showdown; face-offs occurred in the capital city Kyiv and several regions
13:42, 9 May 2017

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Today, Ukraine marks the 72th anniversary of the Victory over the Nazism in the Second World War. While some Ukrainians celebrate this day as the Victory day, many of their compatriots find this date the day of mourning and commemoration. Due to this, many conflicts arise today.

In Kyiv law enforcements detained two men who tried to unfurl banner with Ribbon of Saint George in the city center. Also, local activists from the office of the OUN, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists pelted the police, participants of the Memorial March and journalists with potatoes, eggs, balloons with paint and the smoke pellets. One of the policemen got hurt; the law enforcers treat it as criminal damage.

Earlier that day, a group of people blocked the entry to the Undying Glory Park in the Ukrainian capital. The police keep the situation under control, local media say.

In Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, clashes between participants of the Memorial March and patriotically-minded activists occurred. The activists asked partakers of the march to take away the portraits with Ribbons of Saint George but they refused to do this, which provoked a scuffle. The police set them apart and no one got hurt.

In Zaporizhia, southeastern Ukraine, two groups of the local activists went for another clash. One of the groups brought items with Soviet symbols on them, refusing to take them away. That started a fight with the local pro-Ukrainian activists. A few participants of the Memorial March were detained.

In Dnipro city, southeastern Ukraine, pro-Ukrainian activists and veterans of Donbas conflict fought with members of the local cell of pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party. The police broke them up; eight activists and six policemen were injured. 15 people were detained.

A showdown took place in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, where pro-Ukrainian activists opposed people carrying banners and other items with Communist symbols on them.

 

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