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 "Amber conflict" in Zhytomyr region: nine people apprehended, three more hospitalized following firefight between out-of-town mobsters and locals. PHOTOS

The residents of Obyshche village in the Olevske district engaged in a firefight with the out-of-town gangsters involved in the illegal extraction of amber.

Regional Council Deputy Oleksandr Nikolaichuk wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"I have just obtained information from the so-called "amber front"! A firefight took place between the out-of-town mobsters and locals in Obyshche village in the Olevske district. Several persons received injuries!" he wrote.

According to him, the villagers had "overturned four gangsters' cars during the conflict and started chasing local terrorists."

See more: Amber buyers detained in Zhytomyr with stones worth 4 million hryvnia, - SBU. PHOTOS

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"The story will be definitely exaggerated and distorted before the official information is released. But the fact remains. And it is really frustrating that the majority of those who can somehow change the situation for better keep living in a world of rainbows and unicorns without noticing the extent of the catastrophe despite the fact that I have been describing the bitter truth of the "amber republic" over two years," the member of the council wrote.

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At the same time, as reported by Regional State Administration Chairman Vasyl Nevmerzhytskyi, who immediately left for the scene together with police, SBU, and prosecutors, the conflict broke out following the arrival of about 30 unidentified persons by eight cars without license plates. As a result of the clash, three unidentified persons were taken to the hospital, four cars without license plates were wrecked.

According to the press service of the Zhytomyr Regional State Administration, the law enforcers apprehended nine unidentified persons. The situation in the village has been settled. The investigation team is examining the scene, collecting evidence, and questioning witnesses.

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The Main Directorate of the National Police in the Zhytomyr region reported that the situation in Olevske district was fully controlled by the law enforcers: "Following the report about the conflict near Obyshche village in the Olevske district, which took place in the morning of June 3, the officers of the Main Directorate of the National Police in the Zhytomyr region and SOF detachments immediately left for the scene. They keep clarifying the circumstances of the incident."

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According to preliminary information of the law enforcement agency, a clash occurred between local residents and the out-of-town persons in the village of Obyshche in the Olevske district this morning.

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The clarification of all the circumstances of the incident and identification of its participants is currently underway.

 
 
 
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