Some 15,000 people take part in Kyivan Rus Christianization celebration, no incidents reported (Video)
Some 15,000 people have taken part in religious events to mark 1,031 years of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine in the city of Kyiv on July 28; no incidents have been reported, the police said.
"About 15,000 members of [the Orthodox Church of Ukraine] have taken part in religious events on the 1031st anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus. Up to 2,000 law-enforcement officers were involved in ensuring law and order. The events in the center of the capital took place without violation of public order," the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's press service quoted First Deputy Minister of the Interior of Ukraine Serhiy Yarovy as saying.
All units of Kyiv police were involved in ensuring public order during the religious procession in the Ukrainian capital, the ministry said.
In particular, explosive ordnance disposal specialists, the K9 unit, SWAT police, as well as dialogue-policing officers were on duty on that day.
In addition, the Interior Ministry's Situation Center worked around the clock for coordination with other specialized services and quick response to possible threats. It was engaged in the monitoring of the situation at the locations where mass events were taking place.
"In addition to ensuring public order, law-enforcement officers were accompanying members of the church to the places of their residence from where they came to the capital," the ministry added.