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    Kiev Police Investigating Street Blocking Over Far-Right Fighter's Arrest

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    Kiev police are investigating an incident with Saturday's blocking of the Khreschatyk central street amid a meeting organized by people dissatisfied with the arrest of a fighter from the radical far-right Aidar group.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Valentyn Lykholit, the founder and ex-commander of volunteer Aidar group, was earlier arrested and sentenced to two month in prison. The protesters brought a tent to Khreschatyk, where the Pechersky District Court is located, and promised to block the traffic. Lykholit is suspected of creating a gang and multiple cases of robberies. Lykholit himself considers his case to be biased.

    "Law enforcement officers are carrying out a pre-investigation check over the fact of blocking of traffic on the central street of the capital… People, dissatisfied with the court decision, have blocked the vehicular traffic in both directions of the Khreschatyk street at about 11:30 a.m. [08:30 GMT]," the police said in a statement.

    A number of volunteer battalions, such as Azov, Aidar and Donbas, financed from private sources, participated in 2014 in the military Kiev-led operation in the southeastern Ukraine against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR). Following the operation, the Ukrainian authorities proposed these groups to join the army.

    Ukraine launched a military operation in the country's southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the coup in Kiev that toppled President Viktor Yanukovich.

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