Kernes explains the Rymarskaya St. clashes
Police arrested 32 people following the clashes on the night of March 14 to 15 in Kharkov. Now the arrested are in district police stations; the officers establish their identity and select required preventive measures, said Kharkov Mayor Gennady Kernes on the briefing on March 15.
Gennady Kernes said that these people, who call themselves the representatives of the “Right Sector”, were detained in the building at 18, Rymarskaya St. During detention, police seized three shotguns, three hunting rifles, a combat rifle, two gas pistols converted to live ammunition, and various ammo rounds.
The conflict began on the Liberty square, when passengers of the blue VW minibus that stopped there started throwing firecrackers, said the city Mayor citing the witnesses. Bikers that gathered in the square started pursuing the vehicle and saw it stopping at the 18 Rymarskaya St. Soon, outraged people started gathering at the spot. The shooting started; all the shots were allegedly fired from the house at 18, Rymarskaya St.
Gennady Kernes with the permission of the Prosecutor General's Office came to the Rymarskaya St. (currently Kernes is under partial house arrest) and took part in negotiations with people who locked themselves in the house. “Together with law enforcement agencies, Ukraine security service and the Prosecutor's Office, we started negotiations and reached a result that the people who barricaded themselves in the building agreed to surrender their weapons. Now, law enforcement authorities are working with them,” said Gennady Kernes.
Because of yesterday's clashes, two people died: a Kharkov resident born in 1994 and a resident of Dnipropetrovsk region born in 1983.
Investigators of the city’s Dzerzhinsky borough opened a number of criminal cases in connection with the events on Rymarskaya street on the night of March 14 to 15, including on the Articles “Murder” (Article 115, part 2, paragraph 1, paragraph 5, paragraph 12 of the Criminal Code), “Riots” (Article 294, part 2) and “attempt on the life of law enforcer” (Article 348).