Thousands of gunmen converged on Kiev’s governmental quarter

Ukrainian government steps up security measures because of the protests against the Donbass reintegration draft bill’s consideration, reports Kiev’s police press-service.

“Today during Parliament’s session, over 3800 employees of capital’s police structural subdivisions and servicemen of the National Guard are controlling the order preservation. The stepped up police patrols are on duty in the city center, on the bus stops and in the underground,” says the text of the statement.

The protesters, gathered near the Rada, brought flags with the nationalist socio-political organization "Free People" symbols and the national flags of Ukraine. In addition to the law on the Donbass reintegration, they require the adoption of a law on collaboration and an anti-corruption court, taking into account the comments of the Venice Commission.

According to Ukrainian media, the clash between the protesters near the Verkhovna Rada building and law enforcement officers took place. Reportedly, after that protesters tried to burn the Russian national flag. The police applied tear gas.

Several protesters were detained by law enforcers. During the clashes, one policeman was wounded.

DONi News Agency