Azov battalion supporters rallied in Kharkiv today.
In Kiev, during the so-called “March for Heroes”, dedicated to the anniversary of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA), there was an explosion. According to Ukrainian media, it was a firecracker.
The procession was attended by the radical nationalists of the Svoboda party, the banned extremist organization in Russia “Right Sector”, the members of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists and other nationalist organizations [such as the Azov battalion]. Overall about 3500 people attended the action.
According to law enforcement officials accompanying the convoy of nationalists, as a result of the incident no one was hurt, according to UNIAN.
The marchers moved to St. Michael’s Square on the Great Zhitomir street toward the Lukyanovka jail, where arrested Svoboda activists are kept. Svoboda members were taken into custody on August 31 in the investigation of the criminal case on the riots near the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. A concert is scheduled in front of the detention center.
Today, October 14, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Defender of the Fatherland the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks. On this day the nationalists also celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, who cooperated with the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War.
Before the start of the procession at St. Michael’s site was a meeting which was attended, in particular, by the Leader of “Svoboda” Oleg Tyagnibok. No incidents were reported.
On the eve of the nationalists’ action, law enforcement authorities said they were prepared for provocations and unrest. Exactly one year ago in Kharkiv the biggest monument to Lenin in Europe was toppled.
The Dnepr-1 battalion paraded in Dnepropetrovsk for Defenders’ Day: