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Right Sector leader says protests should continue until Interior Minister is arrested

July 12, 2015, 8:40 UTC+3 KIEV
Leader of the organisation, which is banned in Russia, also wrote the Right Sector leaders will go to Mukachevo "to provide fair and impartial investigation into the events."
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KIEV, July 12. /TASS/. Leader of the Right Sector extremist organisation Dmitry Yarosh wrote a message on his page on a social network calling on his allies to continue protests until under arrest are the officials, who, the radicals claim, are responsible for the events in Ukrainian western Mukachevo.

"Continue the termless political rallies until arrested are those responsible, in opinion of the Right Sector, for the tragedy, - Lanyo and Medvedchuk and until all top officials of the regional law enforcers are dismissed as well as the country’s Interior Minister Avakov," he wrote

Leader of the organisation, which is banned in Russia, also wrote the Right Sector leaders will go to Mukachevo "to provide fair and impartial investigation into the events."

Some 20 gunmen of the Right Sector group arrived at a cafe located on the territory of a sports complex controlled by Ukrainian MP Mikhail Lanyo on Saturday. Police and eyewitnesses said the gunmen had come for a meeting with Lanyo’s representatives to discuss the "redistribution of spheres of influence."

A conflict erupted between the talks, and the extremists later on opened fire from small arms on their opponents. The police arrived at the scene and tried to block the get-away route for the gunmen. In response, the gunmen opened fire using rifles, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.

Breaking the police cordon, the Right Sector gunmen left the city by cars and burnt several police vehicles by opening fire from grenade launchers and also set on fire a traffic police checkpoint and a petrol station

The law enforcers, including special task force of the Interior Ministry and the Security Service, blocked the Right Sector gunmen in the wooded areas near Lavki.

The Trans Carpathian Prosecutor’s Office said that three people were killed and another eleven wounded in the Mukachevo 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.

The prosecutors have described the incident in Mukachevo as a terror attack.

Shortly after that, President 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.

Since late afternoon on Saturday, in Kiev and other big cities in Ukraine militants and supporters of the Right Sector have been protesting in demand the country’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov resigns.

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