Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov has left for the town of Novi Sanzhary, Poltava region, after recent riots against evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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"Danilov will get acquainted in detail with the situation that has developed around the placement of Ukrainians evacuated from China in the National Guard's Novi Sanzhary health center," the NSDC's press service said.

It is noted Danilov has left at the instruction of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

As UNIAN reported earlier, local residents in Novi Sanzhary, Poltava region, on February 20 protested against the arrival of Ukrainian citizens and foreigners evacuated from China and accommodated at a local medical center, which is within the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's jurisdiction. Protesters threw stones at buses with the evacuees.

During the clashes, nine law enforcement officers were injured. The police opened two criminal cases on the fact of mass riots in Novi Sanzhary and violence against law enforcement officers.

On February 21, the police released 23 of the 24 most aggressive individuals detained during the protests; one person remained under arrest.

The evacuees will stay in Novi Sanzhary under 14-day observation with a strict biosecurity regime.