The protesters demanded to release Sternenko. Besides, they demanded an update of the judiciary, a reboot of the High Council of Justice and the recruitment of new members of the judiciary through fair competition.
Later, the partakers of the rally marched in a column from the President's Office to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. They lit fireworks. When they reached the Prosecutor General’s Office, the protesters threw smoke grenades and flares to the windows of the building.
Serhiy Sternenko was earlier found guilty of abducting a person and sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison. This decision was made by the Prymorsky Court of Odesa.
The court recognized the seized during the search items as admissible evidence. Sternenko himself claims that the search of his home was carried out without a lawyer, with whom he was not allowed to contact. The testimony of local deputy Serhiy Shcherbych, who accuses Sternenko of his abduction, was also found credible.
The court also ruled for the confiscation of half of Sternenko's property as a punishment and decided to take the activist into custody in the courtroom.
On February 23, a rally with 2,000 people took part took place near Office of the President of Ukraine. It was organized by supporters of radical activist Serhiy Sternenko; they demanded his release. The participants of the rally announced an indefinite protest action near the Office of the President of Ukraine.
During the clashes on Bankova Street, 27 law enforcement officers received eye burns while maintaining law and order.
It should be noted that after the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky imposed sanctions on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, the radical activist Sternenko announced a "hunt" for journalists of opposition TV channels.