Police of the Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka were given orders to use deadly force towards local residents, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, told channel “112 Ukraina”, Lenta.ru reported.
Residents of Konstantinovka came to protest against Ukrainian army personnel stationed in the town, after two soldiers, driving an armored vehicle, hit a woman with two children on Monday.
The armored vehicle drove into the oncoming lane, knocked down traffic lights and ran into people standing on the sidewalk. As a result, one child died on the spot, the second had minor injuries and the woman was hospitalized in a serious condition.
Following the incident, the crowd of local residents gathered in front of a dormitory, where Ukrainian military personnel are stationed, and started a protest. The angry crowd was throwing stones at the soldiers’ dwelling and vehicles, as well as shouting insults at them.
Константиновка ночью. Жители у казармы ВСУ. pic.twitter.com/yZ8x5J4h02— Сводки Новороссии (@myrevolutionrus) 17 Март 2015
To subdue the crowd, the law enforcement authorities of Konstantinovka were given orders to use deadly force, if necessary, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, told channel “112 Ukraina”.
Militants of the Right Sector, a nationalist paramilitary faction, also arrived in Konstantinovka to “bring order”, local resident Alexander told RT. Although the Ukrainian authorities said that the situation in the city was under control, Alexander said he could hear gunfire earlier today.
The crowd was dispersed overnight. Tuesday morning, armed Ukrainian security officials started to arrest random people on the streets, Lenta.ru reported.