"In order to guarantee citizens' safety, the center of the capital is under the control of the police. About 3,000 police officers and servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine will observe public order in the government quarter in Kyiv. Depending on the operational situation, the number of law enforcers may change," Kryshchenko was quoted as saying in a post on the Facebook page of the city police.
He said that protesters had put up tents in the center of the city, on Hrushevskoho Street, which greatly complicates traffic in the capital.
"We appeal to citizens to take with understanding the temporary inconveniences caused by the closing of traffic and additional measures related to checking documents," Kryshchenko said.
The police urged to refrain from any provocations, to which the police will react in accordance with the requirements of the current legislation. Law enforcers are turning to the participants of rallies not to violate public order, as well as to assist the police in ensuring law and order and security of citizens in every possible way.
Earlier, Interior Ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko said that 3,500 law enforcers would ensure order in the government quarter.
As reported, on October 17, 2017, four people, including a police officer, were injured in mass rallies outside the building of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament. A 26-year-old police officer and a 64-year-old resident of Ivano-Frankivsk region sustained various injuries and were hospitalized. The other two victims were provided with medical assistance on the spot. The police received no official appeals from injured citizens on bodily injuries.
Law enforcement officers did not detain anyone following yesterday's incidents.
Three criminal proceedings have currently been launched - under Article 345 (threat or violence against a law enforcement officer), Article 186 (theft) and Article 194 (intentional destruction or damage to property) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
No gross violations of public order were recorded.
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