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Ukraine Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters Near Russian Consulate

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The Ukrainian law enforcement officers used tear gas to disperse activists that gathered near the Russian consulate in the Ukrainian southern city of Odessa, demanding the release of Ukraine's Nadezhda Savchenko, the local patrol police said in a statement Wednesday.

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KIEV (Sputnik) — Savchenko is suspected of helping to direct artillery fire near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on June 17, 2014, that led to the death of two Russia journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin. Savchenko denies all the allegations.

Savchenko, 34, is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The sentencing by a Russian court in the southern Russian Rostov region has been scheduled for March 21-22.

"Today, during a peaceful rally, which took place near the Russian consulate, some activists started throwing eggs at the consulate building and toward law enforcement officers and other participants of the rally. Ignoring the law enforcement officers' remarks, activists tried to break through the cordon and the military patrol. In order to stop violations of public order, which could transform into riots, law enforcement officers used special means in the form of gas," the statement at the police Facebook page reads.

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