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Crime situation in Kiev escalates - interior minister

December 08, 2013, 9:50 updated at: December 08, 2013, 10:17 UTC+3 KIEV

“We are concerned about the crime situation in the city of Kiev, where we have seen growth of certain crimes, including burglary, robbery, vandalism", he said

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KIEV, December 08, 9:50 /ITAR-TASS/. The crime situation in Kiev is escalating, though in the country’s regions it has not changed a lot, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said addressing Kiev’s residents and visitors, who plan an assembly /veche/ on Sunday.

“We are concerned about the crime situation in the city of Kiev, where we have seen growth of certain crimes, including burglary, robbery, vandalism. Unfortunately, we see coming to the capital city people with dubious intentions,” the minister said. “We have detained at Maidan Nezalezhnosti /Independence Square/ provocateurs, and those who collected money for the protesters pretending to follow charity purposes.”

The minister says on the basis of the analysis of the media publications, clearly has begun against the interior ministry a “large-scale, false propaganda, based on unverified information.”

“Certain politicians raise the issue of non-legitimate authorities. They are calling for beating up the police, for seizure of authorities. How can be qualified legally those actions? They impose hatred towards the police and to the entire law enforcement system,” the minister said.

The threats to law enforcers and their families are criminal and cause criminal responsibility, Zakharchenko said.

“I call on them not to use such shameful deeds. We shall respond immediately and lawfully to the threats to law enforcers and their families,” the minister said.

“I have confirmed publicly the guilt of the law enforcement authorities in excessive use of force. However, the responsibility for peaceful assemblies and for their consequences should be undertaken also by the organizers and the politicians, who are declaring various appeals there.”

Zakharchenko stressed the interior ministry had stressed several times it was necessary to adopt a law on peaceful assemblies, similar to those used in Europe. The law’s provisions could define the role, place and rate of the responsibility of every side in the events of the kind.

“The law enforcement authorities are open for cooperation with any political forces, reporters, deputies and civil organizations to guarantee security for people and the order,” the interior minister said. “This is clear from an example, where the police patrols work jointly with veterans of the Afghan War. They serve jointly at public places, and their task is to reveal provocateurs, violators of the order, and to settle conflicts among the protesters.

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