Mass anti-government protests have spread into most regions of Ukraine. In the south and east of the country, which traditionally have had a high level of support for the current government, protesters faced stern opposition from local authorities – the protesters are being dispersed by special police units, while those detained face criminal proceedings.
A characteristic feature of clashes between protesters and the law enforcement bodies was the participation of a third party: thousands of young men wearing masks on their faces and brandishing sticks were beating participants of anti-government protests. At the same time, law enforcement officials, despite the fact that they had seen these blatantly criminals acts, did not detain the attackers.
Identical cases were reported in the cities of Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kirovograd, Kharkov, Nikolaev, Kherson and Odessa.