More than 500 activists have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry headquarters on Povitroflotsky Avenue in Kiev to protest against inaction of the ministry and the General Staff leadership in breaking the blockade of Ukrainian government forces in Ilovaisk, the Donetsk region.
The protesters are demanding Defense Minister Valery Heletei's resignation and calling for immediately providing assistance to the trapped Ukrainian forces, particularly, by sending heavy weapons to them.
The protesters are waving Ukrainian flags, and some of them are wearing Right Sector armbands.
Having rallied near the Defense Ministry building for about one hour, the protesters then blocked the street to traffic. After that, traffic police officers put orange cones on the road and are directing automobiles along an alternative route.
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