: Clashes near Russian embassy in Kyiv: building is cordoned by hundreds of policemen

15:09 Sep. 18, 2016

Clashes near Russian embassy in Kyiv: building is cordoned by hundreds of policemen

Anti-Putin rally near the Russian Embassy, September 18, 2016 (Photo by Levko Stek / Twitter)

Protesters gathered for an anti-Russia rally near the Russian embassy in Kyiv

Two people, including a Kyiv city council member from the Svoboda Party, were detained amid clashes outside the building of the Russian embassy in Kyiv, UNIAN reports. The building is used by Kremlin as a polling station for Russian citizens on the day of the Russian State Duma election.

Protesters gathered for an anti-Russia rally near the Russian embassy in Kyiv on Sunday.

"Protesters have come, they've brought an effigy with Vladimir Putin's head, as they claim. They have brought posters saying "Death to Russia!" They have introduced themselves as citizens of the Russian Federation. They claim they would not vote, and this is their moral position," a Channel 112 journalist reported from the scene.

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According to the reporter, two persons have been detained after clashes. One of them is a member of Kyiv City Council, he was sent to a police station. The other was informed he had been detained for hooliganism. Some of the protesters were stepping on the Russian flag.

However, nearly 30 Russian citizens are reported to have managed to cast their votes at the Russian embassy in Kyiv. About 300-400 law enforcement officers have cordoned off the embassy's building to let Russian voters get to the polling station.

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Clashes between protesters and police were reported on Sunday morning. The protesters attempted to block access to the building, preventing Russian citizens from voting. They also tried to take down the fence of the Russian embassy.

One man was reported to have been beaten near the embassy. The attackers have already been detained, Kyiv police chief said.

As UT informed earlier, Russian embassy in Kyiv was attacked with firecrackers overnight.

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