Kharkiv: the situation after freeing the Oblast State Administration building from separatists
The KhOSA building is now being cleaned, the municipal utility company has started to renovate the façade. Meanwhile, investigative measures are being carried out inside, according to police officers at the KhOSA. The building is guarded by police in full combat gear. Several buses are parked in the courtyard, with agents watching over. Opposite, in Freedom Square, several traffic police wagons are stationed.
In the meantime, the supporters of federalisation and opponents of the new government hold daily actions. On Tuesday the pro-Russian civic organisation Yugo-Vostok (“South-East”) collected signatures for the referendum near the monument commemorating Lenin. Its activists hand out flyers, which read that “the documents sanctioning the official genocide of Russians are already prepared for endorsement by the Verkhovna Rada.” Furthermore, “if we do not resolve the issues surrounding our status and self-determination, after 25 May they will begin to physically exterminate us.”
The Euromaidan movement is gradually abating. According to Nadia Savynska, one of the local coordinators, at present, Euromaidan has fulfilled its mission. Now it is up to civic organisations to control the government. Nevertheless, activists continue their work. In particular, every Wednesday public presentations on a variety of topical issues are delivered.