People gathered in front of the main entrance to the city council on the Constitution Square.
The picket includes animal rights activists, the Right Sector, Euromaidan and AutoMaidan activists.
People are holding Ukrainian flags, flags of the Right Sector, and banners reading: "The country is at war!", "Defending animals is a matter of honor for people" and chanting "Kernes to jail" and "Kernes - get out!" (referring to Kharkiv mayor Hennadii Kernes - ed.).
About 15 activists are demanding to be let to the session. They are trying to break through several rows of policemen who lined up at the main entrance to the city council.
There have been several clashes. The policemen are holding back the onslaught of protesters.
Kharkiv City Council lawmaker Dmytro Marinin told the protesters that there are dozens of young people in municipal guard uniforms in the building of the City Council, but they do not have any IDs. According to the deputy, at night dozens of issues, including the alienation of community facilities and further borrowing for the city's utilities have been added to the council's agenda.
Several police cordons are located near every entrance to the city council.
The windows of some rooms on the first floor are blocked with sandbags.