Over 200 men in balaclavas brawl at Kharkiv town hall, clash with police
Unknown persons dressed in camouflage and wearing balaclavas, who had reportedly picketed the house of former Kharkiv Governor Mykhailo Dobkin, have come to the Kharkiv town hall, Ukrainian TV Channel 112 Ukraina has reported.
"We're at Kharkiv City Council where a session is taking place now. Prior to that, more than 200 people wearing balaclavas came to the house of Mykhailo Dobkin. Now they've moved to the city council's building and asked [Kharkiv Mayor] Hennadiy Kernes to come out," a TV reporter says.
"There have been several clashes between police and people wearing balaclavas. A few minutes ago, someone released tear gas. The city council's doorway is surrounded by a thick cordon of police. The guys stepped about 20 meters back. No specific demands were announced by the people in balaclavas, but while standing outside Dobkin's house, they said their task was to throw Dobkin away from the city and make everything possible so that Kernes would not become Kharkiv mayor," the reporter said.
Kharkiv journalist Slava Mavrichev wrote on Facebook that masked men had broken into the Kharkiv town hall's building, where they stayed for about three minutes. "They attempted to brawl at Kernes' outer office, broke a telephone set and went away. At the exit, they clashed with police. They had pepper-spray balls with them. They beat a police officer, tore his uniform. Then they quickly got into several buses and left," he wrote.