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 Police identified persons, who handed out explosive devices outside Rada Aug. 31, Interior Minister says

Groups of people interested in escalation of the conflict operated among the participants of the rally at the building of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv Aug. 31.

Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said today during his working trip to Kharkiv, Censor.NET informs citing the press service of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

"The attack on a police officer, on National Guarder is a crime. No matter whether it was committed by former MP, former minister, current MP or current minister," Arsen Avakov said.

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He also recalled that the former MPs were served notice of suspicion.

"The court will determine today whether to remand these people into custody or not. I believe this is fair. There is no alternative," the head of the ministry said.

According to Avakov, it was found that groups of people interested in escalation of the conflict operated among the participants of the rally.

"These people have been identified, we are investigating their activity. We are also establishing who have been involved in handing out explosives, blocks, stun grenades," Avakov said.

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It should be reminded that three servicemen of the National Guard died from fatal wounds received as a result of the events outside the Verkhovna Rada. 139 police officers and National Guarders are still in hospitals while three of them are in critical condition.

Earlier the Interior Minister accused the All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" and its leader Oleh Tiahnybok of bloody clashes outside the building of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv.

Read more: Tiahnybok to be re-questioned on Sept. 8

The investigators of the Interior Ministry summoned Svoboda leaders and activists, who took an active part in the events near the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Aug. 31, for questioning Sept. 1. A total of 30 people have been summoned including Oleh Tiahnybok, Yurii Syrotiuk, Ihor Shvaika and others.

Today, Sept. 4, the Interior Ministry investigators questioned the leader of Svoboda Oleh Tiahnybok on the case of mass disturbances outside Rada of Aug. 31 and have summoned him for re-examination on Sept. 8. Ex-Minister of Agrarian Policy, a member of Svoboda Ihor Shvaika was also questioned. He was served notice of suspicion of organizing mass disorders.

In addition, the Interior Ministry has also served notice of suspicion to former MP from the Svoboda party Eduard Leonov.

Read more: Police served former MP from Svoboda party Leonov notice of suspicion of organizing turmoil near parliament
 
 
 
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