Ukraine's police search for explosives at malls, hotels, airports, HPP due to mining threat

Source : 112 Ukraine

On election day, law enforcement officers received many reports about "mining" of premises in different regions of the country
20:50, 21 April 2019

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On April 21, law enforcement officers received reports on the mining of shopping malls, hotels, airports, shops in many regions of Ukraine.

In Kharkiv, unknown offender allegedly "mined" four hotels in different districts of the city. People were evacuated from the buildings, dog handlers and bomb experts inspected the sites. In addition, police received another report of mining the hotel on Independence Ave, but after an inspection of 2,200 square meters of rooms and 3,000 square meters of the adjacent territory they did not find explosives.

Also in Kharkiv, the international airport and two shopping centers were allegedly mined. Policemen found no explosive devices there.

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In Odesa, unknown persons reported on “mining” the opera building. Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene but did not find any explosives.

In Kryvyi Rih, police searched supermarket for explosives. People noticed an ownerless bag and called the police. Law enforcement officers found that the bag was ordinary clothing instead of explosives.

In Lviv, the unknown person reported “mining” of one of the city’s largest shopping centers and the international airport. 700 passengers and employees were evacuated from the premises. After checking inside the airport, no explosives were found. Policemen established the anonymous offender.

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In the Kherson region, law enforcement officers were looking for explosives at the Kakhovska hydroelectric station. But as a result of checking no explosive devices were found.

Related: Elections 2019: Polling stations in Ukraine closed

The law enforcers have spotted 938 messages on the violations of the legislation’s norms at the second tour of the presidential elections as of 5 p.m. 12 criminal proceedings were opened and 13 administrative protocols were compiled, the National Police reported.

Besides, 10 criminal proceedings were opened due to the illegal use of the ballot. Another two criminal proceedings were opened for a deliberate false message on the threat for citizens, destruction or damage of the property.

The majority of the reports were spotted in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions. The police officers compiled 13 administrative protocols.

The second round of the elections of the President of Ukraine kicked off in Ukraine on April 21, at 8 a.m. a.m. Ukraine’s polling stations opened as scheduled across the country with some minor delays, which were quickly addressed. The voting would traditionally last for 12 hours; the polls would close at 8 p.m.

29,982 election commissions have been created. In total, about 30.3 million people can vote. Of these, 325,600 voters changed the place of voting for the second round of elections.

Related: Zelensky gets 73,2% of votes, Poroshenko – 25,3%, – National exit poll

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