As a result of the clash of National Corps far-right organization representatives with law enforcement officers in Cherkasy, 15 officers were injured, including Valeriy Lyuty, the head of the National Police department in Cherkasy region. The Ministry of the Interior reported this on Saturday.
“During the public order protection in Cherkasy city center, where mass events with the participation of a large number of citizens were held, during the departure of the President of Ukraine, representatives of the National Corps tried to block the motorcade of the head of state and started provoking ordinary residents of Cherkasy and the police to fight. Activists tried to break to the scene using pyrotechnics. Law enforcement officers used police coercive measures. As a result of the clashes, 15 police officers were injured, including the head of the Cherkasy region police colonel Valeriy Lyuty", reads the statement.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov condemned the actions of the nationalists.
“Al kinds of anger have reasonable limits! What representatives of the National Corps did at the Petro Poroshenko rally today in Cherkasy is unacceptable! Righteous anger about a corruption offense is justified, but can it give rise to other criminal acts? Obviously it cannot. Many aggressively minded young men wanted hardcore, not justice and legality. I ask real patriots to think about the country, and not unwind the spiral of hatred and chaos that destroys the country no less than the corruption against which you rightly protest," said Avakov.
Earlier on this day, several hundred participants of the National Corps and the National Guards movement gathered near the building of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine in Kyiv demanding to bring to justice the defendants of the journalist investigation of the plundering at the Ukroboronprom state enterprise. The protesters tried to break through the cordon of law enforcement officers; as a result of a short skirmish, tear gas was sprayed, but then, the situation calmed down.