Donbas blockade "activist" admits getting paid for participation
One of the earlier detained trade blockade participants, a former murder convict, has admitted he was promised a pay of UAH 400 (US$15) per day for taking part in Kryvy Torets railway station blocking, that’s according to Deputy Head of the National Police Vyacheslav Abroskin.
"One of the detainees is a resident of Zhytomyr region, who was previously convicted for murder. He spent nine years in prison and was released in 2013. He says that he and several other [blockade participants] were taken to Donetsk region in groups, provided with money and promised pay for three weeks of duty at the blockade checkpoint at a rate of UAH 400 a day," Abroskin wrote on Facebook.
According to the police official, a total of 45 people were detained in Kryvy Torets, including eight former ATO combatants, four owners of firearms, and six previously convicted persons. They came from eight Ukrainian regions.
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"I appeal to everyone to not be fooled by provocations and loud statements by loser politicians who try to raise their rating at the expense of someone else's grief. Donetsk region’s police act exclusively within the legal framework and do everything possible to ensure safety of our citizens," Abroskin wrote.
Read alsoProtests sweep across Ukraine over Kryvy Torets trade blockade dispersal (photo, video)As UNIAN reported, on Monday, March 13, law enforcers detained 43 participants of the trade blockade of Donbas, who arranged a checkpoint at Kryvy Torets railway station in Donetsk region. In response, a wave of protests swept across Ukrainian cities.