01:52 GMT18 January 2021
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    A right-wing Ukrainian nationalist picket of the Russian Consulate General in the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa has ended without public disturbances, local police said Friday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Earlier on Friday, Russian Consul General in Odessa Valery Katunkin told media that Ukrainian radicals, in particular members of the Right Sector and the Azov Battalion had blocked entry to the building to stop people from attending events held ahead of Sunday's Russia Day. The nationalist protesters pelted the building with eggs and built mock gallows nearby, according to Katunkin.

    "Everything there is finished, there are no instances of disorderly conduct, everything is calm," the Odessa Region police press service told RIA Novosti.

    Previously, protesters vowed to prevent anyone from attending Russia Day events in the consulate building. Ukrainian media cited a picket leader as saying that the radicals want to identify those invited as supporters of an "aggressor country." Police were later deployed to the area but did not interfere.

    Russia Day is a national holiday commemorating the declaration of sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on June 12, 1990.


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