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 Police officers who chased BMW violated regulations by firing while moving, - Interior Minister

317 people were killed and over 3,000 were severely injured by drunk drivers last year.

Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said on air of 1+1 TV channel yesterday, Feb. 11, commenting on the headline-making car pursuit by the patrol police in Kyiv, Censor.NET informs citing the Ministry of Internal Affairs Public Relations Department.

According to the Interior Minister, police officers are unable to identify who is in a car (terrorists or young people) when it races across the city at high speed, does not stop at the request of the police, and does not respond to the warnings to employ weapons. A young man was killed in Kyiv as a result of this incident.

Watch more: Footage of night BMW pursuit in Kyiv appeared online. VIDEO

"It is very sad and very tragic and we're sorry that it happened. But the truth is also that the police will always stop such aggressive acts of defiance," Arsen Avakov said.

He also added that the official investigation into the accident was underway. The police officers were suspended for the period of investigation. There were violations recorded in their actions that raised certain issues. The investigation was carried out by the Prosecutor General's Office with participation of the internal security officials.

See more: Reporters found names of persons involved in night pursuit in Kyiv; 17-year-old Mykhailo Medviediev was killed, - Vesti. PHOTOS

At the same time, the Minister of Internal Affairs strongly condemned the attempts to take advantage of this situation, particularly on the part of certain activists from the United States, who call on shooting at police officers. He also noted that he had turned around the relevant appeal intended to be submitted to the U.S. embassy.

"It is wrong when a person urges to kill police officers from the territory of a foreign country. It is wrong when a rich kid, who rushes across the city at speed of 190 kilometers per hour, assumes that he will get away with it. It is very sad that the shots resulted in death. However, it is the fact that the law is the same for everyone," Arsen Avakov said.
 
 
 
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