Up to five thousand police employees will be providing public safety during the upcoming protests in Kyiv on November 15-17. Andriy Kryshchenko, the chief of Kyiv’s police said this at a briefing that took place on Monday in the Ukrainian capital.
Earlier today, the official confirmed that the law enforcers will shut off Khreshchatyk and – partially – Instytutska streets in the downtown Kyiv. ‘Superficial examinations will be conducted and metal detectors will be set up. This is for the sake of the protesters. 20 ambulance cars will be on duty in the downtown area in this period,’ Kryshchenko said.
The official added that the police will ‘act decisively if anyone would try capturing the governmental buildings or attacking the law enforcers’.
Today, November 14, the National Police of Ukraine and the National Guard switch to the enhanced patrol mode due to the high level of terrorist threat.
The public protests in Kyiv are slated for November 15 and 17; bank depositors and those protesting against the raise of social tariffs will participate. According to the SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, it is Russian presidential counselor Vladislav Surkov who might be behind the plan to de-stabilize the political situation in Ukraine during these protests. Surkov’s e-mail inbox, which contained respective records, was hacked by the Ukrainian secret services earlier.
According to the law enforcers, the operation offered by Surkov includes mass protests across Ukraine aimed to discredit the state governmental agencies and to hold the early parliamentary election. Russia might use the election to increase its lobby in the new Ukrainian parliament and tear down the Ukraine’s European integration process.