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Office of Ousted President's Party Attacked In Kharkiv
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The office belonging to Ukrainian MP Mykhaylo Dobkin, a member of the Opposition Bloc and a former member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions, has been attacked in Kharkiv. RFE/RL reports:

At least 50 young men, many in balaclavas, have attacked the former office of the Party of Regions in Ukraine's eastern city of Kharkiv.

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The attackers said they were representing the Ukrainian right-wing nationalist group Right Sector and an organization called Public Guard.

They said they gathered at the site to protest against the Opposition Bloc's participation in local elections in October and attacked the building after Dobkin's people started shooting at them with firearms, wounding one activist.

This video, which appears to have been posted for the first time today, reportedly shows the incident. Though the entire video shows the attack, the incidents at about 3:10 are the most striking. A large group of men throw rocks, but also loud popping sounds can be heard and at one point a man shoots what looks like a gun into the building. A group of police, who may not be armed, watch as the incident unfolds. They make no attempt to intervene.

The video is also interesting -- it is filmed with a steady hand, and the videographer makes no apparent comment. Did this person know the attack was about to happen?



ZN.ua reported, citing Interfax-Ukraine, that the police did not let the attackers closer than about 20-30 meters, yet they didn't interfere in the attack. In the video several attackers, including one with a gun, do get closer than this, but most stay on the sidewalk across the street. Police also refused to answer whey they didn't intervene. Finally they cordoned off the area.



ZN.ua reported, citing Interfax-Ukraine, that the police did not let the attackers closer than about 20-30 meters, yet they didn't interfere in the attack. In the video several attackers, including one with a gun, do get closer than this, but most stay on the sidewalk across the street. Police also refused to answer whey they didn't intervene. Finally they cordoned off the area.

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A screen capture from the video.

Among the attackers were reportedly members of Right Sector and activists from a local organization called Grodska Varta.Khariv (Public Guard.Kharkiv). Some of the men in balaklava introduced themselves as officers of the volunteer special forces of the Eastern Corps of the Interior Ministry. They said that "Dobkin's titushki barricaded themselves in the office and opened from trauma guns," using the term for the thugs used by the Yanukovych government against Maidan demonstrators. They said they were only "returning fire."

They also said that in the vans that they destroyed there were passports from people from Transnistria, who had been bused in to "destabilize the situation." The activists also claimed that one young man was injured by fire from the building and taken to the hospital.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, police are opening a criminal case on charges of "mass disorder" for the attack on Dobkin's office, Aleksandr Budarny, first deputy chief of the Kharkiv police told reporters.

An exact number of those arrested was not known. Meanwhile, according to another unnamed police official in charge of public safety, detainees will be brought to the police station where "work will be done with them" and their testimony taken. Special forces are being deployed to make the arrests, said ZN.ua.

About 50 men in balaklavas attacked the building with pistols, bricks, clubs and machetes. As can be seen and heard in the video, some of the people who were said to be supporters of the Opposition Bloc and who had occupied the building came out and lined up in front of the door, shouting for the attackers to remove their balaklavas and urging the police to come and help. 

As we reported, there was yet another bombing in Odessa early this morning. It is unclear if the two events have any relation:


Who's Behind A String Of Bombings In Ukraine's Black Sea 'Pearl'?

Oleg Konstantinov, the editor of a news website called Dumskaya in Ukraine's port city of Odessa, pulls up a map on a computer screen in his small, crowded newsroom. It's dotted with red, yellow, orange and green fire-burst icons, indicating where 34 bombings have taken place in the city over the past year or so.

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Aug 03, 2015 19:06 (GMT)

In late February, a bomb tore through a pro-Ukrainian rally in Kharkiv, killing four people. In January, 13 people were injured in a bombing at a court house in Kharkiv after a member of the far-right group Svoboda was tried for carrying a weapon in a voting precinct. The suspect arrested in that case was a pro-separatist member of a radical Christian group.


Ukraine has seen many dozens of bombings, mostly at night and injuring no one, since this crisis started. Who is behind all these? Are they all connected? Are some retaliations for others? The only thing clear is that very little about incidents such as these is clear.

-- James Miller, Catherine A. Fitzpatrick