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Court starts to release far-right activists who attacked bus with Patriots – For Life members near Kharkiv

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The Prosecutor’s Office has seriously mitigated the allegation for the attackers on the bus
17:16, 20 November 2020

Patriots - For Life bus shelled in Kharkiv region
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On November 20, Kyiv Appeal Court in Kharkiv chose the restrictive measures for far-right activists suspected in the attack on the bus with members of Patriots – For Life in Kharkiv region, as Strana reported.

Two from 14 people were released. Oleksandr Savotin and Anton Mokrenko got the restrictive measure in the form of 24/7 house arrest. The restrictive measure for other suspects will be chosen tomorrow.

Earlier, the Prosecutor’s Office has seriously mitigated the allegation for the attackers on the bus. They are not accused of attempted killing anymore. They are still accused of hooliganism. It is supposed that they might be released today.

Related: Far-right radicals attack members of Opposition Platform - For Life political party during live broadcast

On August 27, on the Kyiv-Kharkiv highway near Lyubotyn, representatives of the National Corps and Azov carried out an armed attack on a bus transporting 22 people of the Patriots For Life organization. The bus was blocked and the bus was shelled from automatic arms. Two people received gunshot wounds, they are in serious condition. After shelling from automatic weapons the members of Patriots - For Life organization, the attackers were shooting from traumatic weapons, as a result of which two more people were injured. During the attack, one member of the organization was kidnapped. This was reported by the press service of the Opposition Platform – For Life.

"This crime of the National Corps and Azov is a consequence of the impunity of the far-right radicals acting under the direct patronage and incitement of the authorities, including President Zelensky, who openly declares his support for their position," the party's statement says.

At the same time, MP from the Opposition Platform - For Life party Oleh Voloshyn said that his political force will ask the European Parliament to recognize the "National Corps" as a terrorist organization.

Related: Court arrests nine of 15 far-rights who attacked bus of Patriots-For Life activists

President Volodymyr Zelensky also reacted to this incident. He stressed that the impunity of certain individuals gave rise to lawlessness, and therefore, investigations in such cases should be carried out quickly, and the court should be impartial.

“We have been listening to the slogan 'Law is the same for everybody' for decades. But we see what empty promises lead to! Many law enforcement agencies have focused on economic and corruption crimes, which are certainly important to fight, but we must prevent a return to the 90s with brazen showdowns on the streets," Zelensky said.

Later, it was reported that the car of the attackers belongs to head of the National Corps of Dnipropetrovsk region Ivan Kurylenko.

The European Union harshly criticized the actions of the far-right activists and the inaction of the authorities.

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