According to him, more than 3,000 law enforcers including soldiers of the National Guard's Azov special operations regiment and Alpha special operations counter-terror detachment of the the Security Service are envolved in public order enforcement in the city.
"The police received a report at 7:55 a.m. May 2 that a bomb was planted on Kulykove Pole in Odesa. The National Police investigative team and bomb squad immediately left for the scene. Head of the National Police Main Directorate in the Odesa region Giorgi Lortkipanidze has also arrived there. All the necessary measures are taken to verify this information," Shkiriak wrote.
"In the event of armed provocations on the part of the pro-Russian, anti-government or separatist forces, which would entail a direct threat to life of civilians and law enforcement officers and public order, the response will be firm and decisive. Therefore, I once again want to calm down the hotheads and advise them not to monkey with a buzz saw.
According to Shkiriak, the police and National Guard operate under the laws and Constitution of Ukraine and do not require any specific orders.
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