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Her husband, Vladislav Sodel, a photographer for
Kommersant newspaper, was at her side. When a group of men attacked
Olha, he tried to protect her, calling for help from the police
officers who stood nearby. But standing in the shadow of the Interior
Ministry headquarters, the officers did nothing. Snitsarchuk ended up
in the emergency room with a split lip and multiple bruises; Sodel
was also injured in the assault.

According
to the independent news website Ukrainska Pravda and research by
social media users, the journalists’ assailants had been working
for Ukraine’s ruling Party of Regions, and had already
been involved in a clash with members of the opposition.

The
incident outraged local journalists, and sparked
a week of protests in Kyiv – mainly outside government buildings,
including the Cabinet and Interior Ministry. Nearly two weeks later,
on May 30th,
a spokesman for the Interior Ministry stated that disciplinary action
was being taken against the police officers for their “failure to
act”.

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