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Standoff in Ukraine affects daily life in regional centers

January 24, 2014, 16:30 UTC+3 KIEV
In the regional centers in the north and west of the country protesters tried to block administration buildings, seizing some of them
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KIEV, January 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Standoff in some regional centers of Ukraine, where opposition activists have seized local administration buildings over the past three days, has had its impact on the life of local residents.

Not all staffers of the regional council turned up at work in Cherkassy, a regional center 180 kilometers south of Kiev. Local officials, themselves are not inclined to comment on the situation. “We are at work, nobody impedes our work, and windows smashed during the night are to be paned by the end of the day,” sources from the governor’s office told Tass, declining to give additional information.

A lot of police and riot police can be seen in the center of the city, Tass learned from local reporters. Fifty-eight people were reportedly detained during an attempt to seize the administration building in Cherkassy. A district police department has launched legal proceedings under the articles outlining “mass rioting” and “resistance to police”.

Some supermarkets in central Cherkassy are closed after night rioting and fewer school students attend schools.


In the regional centers in the north and west of the country - Zhitomir, Poltava, Sumy, Vinnitsa, Rovno, Ternopol, Lvov, Khmelnitsky, Chernovtsy and Ivano-Frankovsk, protesters also tried to block administration buildings, seizing some of them.

In Lvov, western Ukraine, supermarkets and cafes operate in a routine mode. Barricades around the building housing the regional administration create certain inconveniences for local residents.

The press service of the regional state administration of Ivano-Frankovsk told Tass that reports about a planned attempt to storm the building on Friday, had not affected the work of the local authorities. “This issue was discussed at a session chaired by the governor, and work will continue in a routine regime,” a source from the press service said, adding that police protecting the building had been beefed up.

At the present moment, a major meeting is in progress in the central square of another city in western Ukraine, regional center Lutsk.

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