19 police officers hospitalized after clashes with far-right in Cherkasy

Source : 112 Ukraine

22 police officers contacted the hospital after yesterday’s clashes in Cherkasy between far-right National Corps and the law enforcers
17:15, 10 March 2019

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

As a result of yesterday’s clashes in Cherkasy between representatives of the far-right National Corps and police, 22 law enforcement officers contacted the hospital, 19 of them were hospitalized. The speaker of the National Police of Cherkasy region Dmytro Gryshchenko reported this on the air of 112 Ukraine.

According to him, this is the situation as of this morning. Prior to this, it was reported about 15 injured law enforcement officers.

In addition, Gryshchenko confirmed that, in fact, after yesterday’s clashes police opened two criminal proceedings. Offenders will face the penalty of up to seven years in prison.

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As part of a pre-election campaign, president Poroshenko has visited Cherkasy. Far-right came to ask Poroshenko, why no criminal proceeding against his close associate Oleg Gladkovsky was launched. 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. The far-right tried to break to the scene, they used pyrotechnics, but Poroshenko managed to retreat. The law enforcement officers used coercive measures.

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 Poroshenko's close associates, defendants of the journalistic 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.

Citing an archive of documents and private messages from an anonymous leaker, journalists of Our Money (Nashi Groshi) described fraud by Igor Gladkovsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council, and his 22-year-old son of Oleg Gladkovsky. They were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his own Leninska Kuznia company was involved as a straw company.

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