The number of recent attacks from the side of the far-right groups in Ukraine should be stopped as MEP from Austria, representative of Social Democratic Party Hannes Heide stated during his comment about concerning the recent manifestations of violence by the National Corps and other far-right groups.
He strongly condemned the attacks of radicals on peaceful citizens and urged the Ukrainian authorities to do everything to prevent such situations in the future.
“Despite the progress, combating corruption at all levels, reforms consolidating democracy, de-oligarchisation and the fight against extremist far-right forces must remain a priority. Discrimination, violence and any acts of hatred may not be tolerated! As a Member of the European Parliament I vigorously condemn the violence in Ukraine and urge the Ukrainian authorities to respond firmly,” Heide stated.
On August 27, on 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.
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.
Moreover, in Odesa, representatives of the National Corps far-right party attacked the film crew of Zik TV channel during its live broadcast on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine. It should be noted that a group of the far-right attackers interrupted the broadcast and started pushing journalists, as well as invited guests - Tetiana Plachkova and Bohdan Hihanov. The intruders also damaged the equipment.