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Nationalist protests increase likelihood of violent confrontations during presidential election campaign in Ukraine in March–April 2019

12 March 2019

On 11 March 2019, in Zhytomyr, about 50 members of the Nationalist Corps nationalist organisation picketed the election campaign rally of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, aiming to disrupt the event. On the same day, Andriy Biletskiy, the leader of the National Corps, announced plans for a protest rally in central Kiev on 16 March, in Maidan Nezalezhnosti square; this is likely to involve up to 5,000 protesters. These developments follow violent protests involving confrontations with police forces on 9 March. Around 2,000 nationalist protesters in Kiev demonstrated against alleged corruption in the Ukrainian government related to defence contracts. A separate incident in Cherkasy involved around 300 nationalist protesters attempting to disrupt Poroshenko's campaign rally.

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