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Some 4,000 police to provide public order on Independence Day in Kyiv

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Aug. 23, 2012, 7:27 p.m. | Kyiv — by Interfax-Ukraine

Activists carry a giant Ukrainian National flag in Kiev on August 23, 2012 to mark National Flag Day on the eve of the 21st anniversary of Ukrainian independence.
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A total of 3,770 police officers will be providing public order on the Ukrainian Independence Day in Kyiv, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told Interfax.

"Three thousand seven hundred seventy police officers, including 950 Internal Troops servicemen, will be providing public order in Kyiv," the ministry's spokesperson said.

The city authorities have received seven applications for conducting mass events in the capital, to be attended by more than 30,000 people, the police said. Most massive events are expected to be those by the United Opposition, the Regions Party and the League of Slavic Youth, the police said.

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 6:35 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

One cop for every ten citizens?

Are the cops Ukrainians or foreign mercenaries?

League of Slavic Youth?

Slavophile?

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Phill M Aug. 26, 2012, 3:20 a.m.    

Meanwhile, no police will be present in Harkiv, Donetsk or other regions, as police from there were bussed into Kyiv.

Any crimes committed in those cities while police are absent will be blamed on persons opposed to the government and stand as proof that the opposition is anti-eastern Ukraine and should all be disbanded, even if those committing the crimes are sons of POR lackies or card carrying members of the League of Slavic Youth.

Really... how many of those police in Kyiv are going to be at gatherings not associated with the POR?

And why can't Ukraine do what so many other nations do during their independence day events and get together as a common people not defined by politics but by nationhood and independence, and have one big event together without political attachments? Why must it be organized by the political parties?

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