Unprecedented security measures in Kyiv as number of political forces hold rally
The streets in central Kyiv, where the Verkhovna Rada and the Presidential Administration are located, have been cordoned off by law enforcers since the early hours of Tuesday, TSN Ranok TV program reported.
Patrol police are on duty along the roads, while national guardsmen are seen conducting routine training in the courtyards.
The city administration has issued a statement banning all traffic, including public transport, in the city's central streets.
Some 500 national guardsmen and police have been deployed outside the Verkhovna Rada premises. There are also metal frames, people are checked for weapons and dangerous substances.
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He also noted that there have been no riots or provocations in the government quarter so far.
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