Security in Kyiv to be beefed up for events to mark Euromaidan anniversary
Security in Kyiv will be beefed up with 6,000 police officers on November 21-22 and the Interior Minister warns the public to be on the alert for a terrorist threat on the third anniversary of Euromaidan events, dubbed the Revolution of Dignity.
"The threat level for terrorism in the capital remains high during mass events to mark the third anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity on November 21-22," adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry Zorian Shkiriak wrote on Facebook.
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He did not rule that patriotic rhetoric and slogans might be used as provocation, and called on citizens to be alert to the possibility of a terrorist attack.
Yet, he assured that the law enforcement agencies would be ready to tackle any challenge, including anti-government forces' revenge.
To maintain law and order in Kyiv, 6,000 law enforcement officers will be engaged on November 21-22, while about 15,000 policemen will control the violence across the country.
"Among them there will be special forces of the National Police and the National Guard, and the police dog service. In addition, the Interior Ministry has formed a rapid response group, which will be held in reserve to immediately react in case of emergency," he said.
The police will work in an increased security mode until November 24-25. Traffic in the center of the city will be limited.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the National Police and the National Guard were placed on a state of alert on November 14 due to the high threat level for terrorism.