Major-General of the police Anatolii Dmytriev reported during Kharkiv regional council meeting on how police protect citizens in this difficult situation in the country, Kharkiv regional police press service informed, Censor.NET reports.
According to him, the situation in the Kharkiv region remains difficult. Unfortunately, the separatists do not abandon their attempts to destabilize the region. Starting from spring 2014, 43 terrorist act were carried out in the region, seven of them in 2015. Masterminds and performers of the celebrated explosion of Feb. 22, which killed four and wounded 15, have been detained. Last year, 88 activists of the separatist movement who provoked civil unrest were also arrested. The majority of criminal proceedings against them have been investigated and sent to court.
"Given the common border with the Russian Federation and the proximity to the ATO area, the security agencies have increased security and defense of the region," Dmytriev said. "32 checkpoints operate in the region, with 320 police officers involved. About half a million people have been checked at the checkpoints since they were set, 500 pieces of weapons have been seized, including mortars, grenade launchers, guns, machine guns, revolvers, hundreds of grenades, tens of thousands of other ammunition supplies, 130 kg of triton, plastide, and other explosive materials," he reported.
The head of the regional Interior Administration also announced that effective Jan. 22, heavy police presence was implemented in the region. This allowed to decrease crime rate in public places by two times, including thefts, robberies, and other criminal offences.