With respect to several law enforcement officers in Kiev, a criminal case was opened into abuse of authority during the storming of protesters at the police department in the Ukrainian capital. This was reported on Facebook by the press secretary of the country’s Prosecutor General Larisa Sargan.
“On February 9, police officers, exceeding their official authority, caused injuries to the protesters near the building of the Podolsk Directorate of the State Police in Kiev,” she wrote.
She noted that the case was initiated under Art. 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power or official authority). However, she did not specify how many police officers were prosecuted.
On the afternoon of February 9, the press service of the Kiev police announced an attempt to storm the rally of one of the police stations. Law enforcers clarified that the incident occurred on Kontraktovaya Square, where several mass actions took place, including the meeting of the presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko with voters.
The police said that the unknown tried to damage the entrance doors, used gas sprays, and also arranged a fight with the police.
Several attackers of the squad were detained. Upon the incident, a criminal case was initiated under Part 2 of Art. 45 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (threat or violence against a law enforcement officer), Part 1 of Art. 341 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (seizure of state buildings) and part 4 of art. 296 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (hooliganism).