"Yesterday officers of the Odesa police and the Security Service averted a provocation on Pastera street, aimed at destabilizing the situation in the city. According to intelligence information, another video clip was to be filmed, which involved blocking a street turning over a car. The students were paid 150 hryvnia by the organizers to participate," the report says.
"As a result of operational measures taken by the police, the provocation did not take place.
"Recently a staged video showing a car being turned over by a group of young protesters was filmed at Ilfa and Petrova street in Odesa.
"We appeal to all the participants of such actions, especially to young students who agree to participate for small monetary reward and do not understand that they become accomplices. From a legal point of view, their actions are regarded as abortive riots and, in accordance with Art. 294 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code, are punished by imprisonment for a term of five to eight years and in the case of deaths or serious consequences by a term of up to 15 years," the Interior Ministry concluded.