At 2:45 a.m. a few dozen security guards dressed in black entered the Podil landmark and expelled several activists who had been camped out there.
The activists have been trying to protect the historical building from becoming a modern trade and office center. They stood against Cyprus-registered company Ukrrestavracia, which announced about its reconstruction plans earlier this year. The conflict around Hostynny Dvir was in play for more than six months and appears to be heating up again as winter sets in.
At 4:50 a.m., several construction trucks started entering the courtyard of the building. Ihor Lutsenko, head of the nongovernmental organization Save Old Kyiv, tried to block the gate with his own car. But security guards hired by Ukrrestavtacia pushed the vehicle away along the slippery pavement and let the trucks in, then blocked the gate. Lutsenko said the guards used tear gas against activists who tried to stop them. He said two activists were severely beaten. One of them was hospitalized.