According to sources within the police force, officers were given the order: “Do not touch” when it came to European fans. Ukrainians reporting public order offences (urinating, vandalism, verbal abuse) were asked by police: “Who is doing it, Ukrainians or foreigners?” If it was foreigners, the police refused to turn up.
In one incident, foreign fans brawling outside the Olympic stadium in Kiev were surrounded by police, but not dispersed – the officers simply waited for the fight to end.
Meanwhile, police business continued as usual for ordinary Ukrainians, even in the host cities. On 8 June in Donetsk three young women were allegedly beaten and sexually molested by police in an attempt to compel them to confess to a theft from a Swiss national.