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Ukrainian police detain protesters in Donetsk region

March 20, 2015, 17:19 UTC+3 KIEV
The mass public rally took place in Donetsk region's Konstantinovka on March 16 after a Ukrainian airborne combat vehicle whose driver was apparently drunk ran down an 8-year-old girl who died
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KIEV, March 20 /TASS/./ Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has detained some protesters who organized a spontaneous rally in government-controlled Konstantinovka village in Donetsk region after a Ukrainian combat vehicle had run down an eight-year-old girl on March 16, Vyacheslav Abroskin, the chief police officer of the Donetsk region, said on Friday.

The mass public rally took place in Konstantinovka on March 16.

"We continue prosecuting persons who organized or actively participated in the mass riots," Abroskin said adding that police in Konstantinovka had detained another two men, born 1975 and 1991. One of them has been taken into custody following a decision of the Kramatorsk city court, the police chief wrote on Facebook.

The detainees may face up to 8 years in prison.

Konstantinovka incident

The incident occurred in the Kiev-government controlled village of Konstantinovka on March 16. A Ukrainian airborne combat vehicle whose driver was apparently drunk ran down an eight-year-old girl who died. Her mother who was carrying a baby in her arms was injured and taken to hospital.

This incident caused fair public indignation. The local residents set tires ablaze outside a dormitory where the Ukrainian servicemen were staying and smashed all the windows in the building. Later, about 30 people turned over a traffic police car at the accident’s scene.

The police and the army that cracked down on the spontaneous protests tried to shift the blame to some instigators and separatists, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its comment on the Konstantinovka tragedy on March 17.

According to Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, local police have been allowed to shoot to kill in case of mass riots.

Moscow urged the Ukrainian authorities to carry out thorough investigation into the March 16 tragedy in Konstantinovka.

"We are urging the Ukrainian authorities to carry out detailed investigation into the tragedy and punish the guilty instead of searching for enemies in manifestations of public anger," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

On March 17, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported the detention of several activists, including local residents.

The four servicemen guilty of the road accident have been sent away from Konstantinovka.

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