About three thousand supporters of a number of Ukrainian nationalist organizations held a March and rally in honor of the day of defender of Ukraine and the 74th anniversary of banned in Russia Ukrainian insurgent army (UPA), reports UNIAN.
The protesters marched from the Park of Taras Shevchenko to St. Michael’s square. They were holding flags of the Svoboda party, a huge flag of the country, and also posters with inscriptions: “Ukraine is United and independent nation”, “indivisible Ukraine”, “Glory and honor to the defenders of Ukraine”.
When the head of the column was already on Mikhaylovskaya square, the marchers had lit a smoke bomb, chanting “smoke is not a crime”. In addition, at the approach of the column to the area of the unknown blew up petards. Other incidents or violations of law on the whole route of the March has not been fixed, said NEWSru.ia.
In turn, the head of the press service of the party “Svoboda” in Kyiv city Council Oleksandr Aronets on his page in Facebook reported that police detained several people, among which and the Deputy of city Council from party “Freedom” Vladimir Nazarenko. Later, he was released.
In February 2015, President Petro Poroshenko called on Ukrainians to refrain from celebrating February 23 defender of the Fatherland Day, which he had abolished, establishing instead a new state holiday – Day of defender of Ukraine, which is celebrated on October 14. On the same day, some Ukrainians traditionally celebrate the anniversary of the UPA. In Russia, the UPA included in the list of banned organizations.