However, serious disruptions marred their attempts to gather. Some 18 people were detained for trying to break into a church where some activists were meeting, Kharkiv police reported. Officers also said they are investigating vandalism and violence at a bookstore where other activists met.
The participants divided into several thematic groups of some 20-25 people to discuss various issues including political demands, democracy, economy, education and culture.
“There are Maidans in many big and small cities but there is no coordination between them,” said Dmytro Kapranov, writer and publisher, who was leading a group for discussing of creative and cultural issues. “We are working now to create one joint Maidan.”