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Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirms resignation of Donetsk region police chief

DONETSK, April 13, /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian Defence Ministry (MVD) on Saturday confirmed the resignation of head of Ukraine’s MVD main department for the Donetsk region Konstantin Pozhidayev, according to a press release posted on the website of the local MVD.

“In order to prevent of conflict escalation and possible bloodshed, Major General Pozhidayev has made a decision to tender resignation,” the press service said.

A rally is underway in Donetsk with many thousand participants who demand a referendum and oppose the actions of the new Kiev authorities. About 1,000 people gathered at the building of Ukraine’s MDV main department for the Donetsk region. They have asked the policemen “to side with the people.” The rally participants also demanded Pozhidayev’s resignation. The protesters insisted that the police chief should come out to the people and show them his resignation tender.

The Interior Ministry says nobody was hurt in the events. “Several observers from the demonstrators are now at the regional main police department. The department is working in the usual mode,” the police said.