Around 300 people showed up at the rally. They have surrounded the building of the Cabinet of the Ministers, holding flags and posters. The members of a Unified union of patriots of Ukraine, National squads, National corps (which has been described as “openly neo-Nazi” by the New York Times and banned from receiving American military training by the U.S. Congress. – Ed.), Veterans brotherhood, fighters of “Aydar” battalion, veterans of the Anti-terrorist operation, and other armed conflicts, including war in Afghanistan, are among the protesters.
They demand to establish a ministry of veterans in Ukraine. Besides, picketers think that the process of its creation is being delayed due to political purposes. The participants are convinced that the new structure has to be responsible for the provision of social protection of those who participated in combat actions on the east of the country. In particular, the veterans need support with employment and benefits receiving.
As the protesters put it, there are more than 30 public and state organizations in Ukraine which help the veterans. Yet, the majority of these institutions are corrupted and mired in bureaucracy.
Some people were wearing white chicken costumes showed up near the Cabinet, handing out leaflets.
“Chickens in Ukraine live better, than people! I stand for the improvement of people’s lives, higher wages, and lower tariffs,” one of the participants in a chicken costume said. He also noted that he and the other participants (around five) in the costumes did not represent any organization.
Today, several rallies are held in Kyiv downtown, so the police enhanced public order protection. The owners of cars with European license plates protest in the government district, city bus drivers stand near Infrastructure Ministry building. Kyiv stuck in traffic jams, some transport line changed their routes.