Violence in Kiev sees 27 cops injured as protesters come out in opposition to court docket choice to lock up far-right nationalist Sternenko


Twenty-seven Ukrainian policemen have been injured in clashes on Kiev’s Bankova Street after an illustration in opposition to the imprisonment of far-right Odessa activist Sergey Sternenko descended into violence.

According to media stories, greater than a thousand folks gathered near the Presidential Administration and have been met with tear fuel.

Sternenko is the previous chief of the Odessa department of the Right Sector, an association of radical anti-Russia Ukrainian nationalist organizations. Founded in 2013 as a conglomeration of teams on the Euromaidan revolt in 2013, the group has been described as neo-fascist and even neo-Nazi. In November 2014, the Russian Supreme Court dominated that the association is an extremist group and banned its actions in Russia.

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On Tuesday, Sternenko was sentenced to seven years and three months in jail for the kidnapping of a district council MP, Sergey Shcherbich, in 2015. At the time, Shcherbich was an MP on a regional council in southern Ukraine, and represented the Russia-friendly Rodina get together.

According to the investigation, together with activist Ruslan Demchuk, Sternenko stored Shcherbich in a basement and demanded he resign. The far-right determine denies the accusations.

His supporters say the conviction is politically motivated, and the results of a long-standing feud with Odessa’s mayor, Gennady Trukhanov.

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Sternenko additionally stands accused of premeditated homicide after killing a person in a road combat in 2018. He is but to be tried for the cost. His backers say he acted in self-defense.

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