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Right Sector supporters’ rally in Kiev grows in number

July 12, 2015, 0:01 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, July 11. /TASS/. More and more supporters of the Right Sector extremist organisation are arriving at the centre of Kiev, a TASS correspondent reports at the scene.

Earlier on Saturday, the Right Sector ordered its activists and supporters to gather in front of the presidential administration over the events in the western city of Mukachevo where an armed standoff between the organisation’s militants and law enforcers is underway. Also, the far-right organisation ordered its people to take to streets in the country’s largest cities. In particular, they are demanding Interior Minister Arsen Avakov’s resignation.

At the time of reporting, the number of protesters in front of the building of presidential administration in the centre of Kiev is increasing and the organisers said there had gathered nearly 500 people. Law enforcers refrain from comments on this information.

During the rally the Right Sector militants made attempts to provoke a conflict with police officers, who are cordoning off the scene, calling them "traitors" and offering them to join the rally. The protesters had brought a large drum and are playing it chanting Revolution and Glory to the Nation. The organisers say they are also going to stage a protest in front of the Interior Ministry building.

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. Unconfirmed reports say there were casualties, when the attack from small arms fire was 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 one civilian was 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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