"Today, Sept. 1, 2016, the suspects arrived at the investigative office to take part in proceedings and familiarize themselves with the case materials. They have been indicted for a crime under part 2, article 296 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "hooliganism," providing for restriction of freedom for up to five years or imprisonment for up to four years," the statement reads.
The hooligans are faced with a pre-trial restraint in the form of arrest.
As previously reported, two drunken men put up a brawl in Mykolaiv downtown Aug. 30. They punched a taxi driver, used foul language and attacked passers-by. Five police crews arrived at the scene but failed to calm the conflict. According to witnesses, patrol officers ignored the beating of people as well as threats and insults by the assailants.
Later on, people's deputy Anton Herashchenko said criminal proceedings will be instituted into the fact of immoral behavior of drunken representatives of the so-called "elite youth," while police officers who declined to perform their duties will be fired upon the results of official investigation. He also noted that the brawlers will be put on the wanted list should they fail to show up for questioning.