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Ukraine’s far-right organisation demands Interior Minister’s resignation in Kiev

July 11, 2015, 22:34 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, July 11. /TASS/. At least 70 activists of the Right Sector far-right organisation have started a rally in front of the building of presidential administration in the centre of Kiev, demanding resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov over events in the western city of Mukachevo, a TASS correspondent reported.

Aleksey Byk, one of the organisers of the rally and a representative of a Right Sector battalion, said that "it was just a beginning and the protest will go on till the presidential administration is set ablaze."

Earlier in the day, the Right Sector ordered its activists and supporters to gather in front of the presidential administration. Soon after that, extremists’ leader Dmitry Yarosh said he was urgently heading to Kiev.

The organisers are certain that Yarosh is seeking legal means to bring to responsibility police officers involved in "the shooting" at Right Sector militants. Meanwhile, the organisation activists say they are waiting for Yarosh’s command to take to actions.

On Saturday, militants of the Right Sector organisation, banned in Russia, attacked a cafй in a gym owned by a local legislator - Mikhail Lanyo - and a traffic police station in the city of Mukachevo in Trans Carpathia. Casualties are reported in the attack with the use of small arms and mortars followed by a shootout between the extremists and law enforcers. The Trans Carpathian Prosecutor’s Office said that three people were killed and another eleven wounded in the attack. The Interior Ministry reported about one civilian among the dead.

At the same time, the Right Sector said its two members were killed and another four were injured.

Law enforcers of Ukraine’s Security Service are engaged in negotiations with the extremists demanding from them to cease fire and to lay down arms.

Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko ordered the law enforcement agencies "to disarm and detain the criminals who opened fire and killed peaceful civilians in Mukachevo." The Right Sector has alerted its supporters.

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