A rally on the Maidan
Another rally was organised on the Maidan. Top-ranking officials were present on the stage: Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentin Nalyvaychenko, Minister of Culture, Yevhen Nyshchuk, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andriy Deshchytsia, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Andrey Parubiy; they were accompanied by social activists. Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Andrey Parubiy informed participants about the gathering of Russian troops at the Ukrainian-Russian border near Chernigov, Kharkov, Donetsk and the Crimea. Moreover, it was announced from the stage that yesterday was the funeral of the 20-year-old boy from Lugansk, who had served in the Self-Defence and had been killed by pro-Russian activists. Members of the paramilitary unit ‘Oplot’ from Kharkov are suspected in the murder, as they allegedly kidnapped and killed people in January and February 2014.
People gathered near the scene began to demand that they be given weapons. Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentin Nalyvaychenko, urged the participants to join the National Guard of Ukraine, and declared that its members would be equipped with weapons.
Meanwhile, in all the cities and towns of the East and the South, demonstrations are held - on the one hand, the rallies of solidarity with Ukraine, on the other hand - pro-Russian actions. In Kharkov, more than 1,500 people gathered near the Shevchenko monument. The so-called ‘Putin’s tourists’ and locals who support Russia and referendum regarding the disconnection from Ukraine, gathered near the Lenin monument.