Police action against protestors in Kyiv

Negative reactions caused an action of law forces as they demolished a protestors camp near Verkhovna rada. The camp was set up back in October and protesters demanded resignation or president of Ukraine, Mr. Poroshenko because of corruption. The protestors were also supported by ex-Georgian president Mr. Saakashvili. We are not going to investigate who is to blame or the background but instead, we will provide you information about sides involved in this conflict.

Police

  • Special forces of National Police (Kyiv branch) – formed in 2015. Some of them were seen fully armed, including AK rifles.
  • First Presidential Brigade of National Guard – reformed Bars unit of Internal Troops. They participated against EuroMaidan protestors as well as served in the ATO zone. You can read more about them in the history of Kulchitskyi Battalion.
  • Unknown unit of National Guard – at least one more unit of National Guard participated against the protestors.

Protestors

  • Liberty movement – formed from volunteers all of Ukraine including Donbas, Aidar battalion and some Right Sector members as well
  • Members of Donbas Battalion, including Mr. Semenchenko

 

Sources: mvs.gov.ua

 

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ATO is over, military takes charge

President of Ukraine, Mr. Poroshenko, signed law that officially ends anti-terrorist operation, known widely in public as ATO. The law was signed on February 20, 2018 and renames the conflict as “taking measures to ensure national security and defense, and repulsing and deterring the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.” The most important change is the fact that Armed Forces of Ukraine are now in charge of all military and law enforcement units in Donbas. The ATO was run by SBU security service.

Summary of what has changed:

  • Russia is declared as an aggressor that occupies part of Ukraine
  • Martial law is no longer needed to deploy Armed Forces to Donbas
  • Approves checkpoints alongside contact line and allows movement of civilians and goods
  • Military Joint Operative Headquarters will be setup for occupied areas

Source: KyivPost