Residents in the city of Kostiantynivka are holding a protest outside palace of culture on Tuesday to express their outrage with the death of a girl run over by a Ukrainian army vehicle.
Some 250 people have come to express their indignation, according to Donbas News, an online news outlet. Local officials and law enforcement officers, who came out to talk to them, failed to appease the crowd. Demonstrators are acting aggressively, refusing to talk to Ukrainian journalists, the news outlet said.
A road accident, involving a combat vehicle, occurred in Kostiantynivka, Donetsk region, on March 16. As a result of the accident, a woman was knocked down along with her two children: an eight-year-old girl was killed instantly, the mother and her second child were hospitalized. The accident sparked "mass riots," according to the Donetsk regional authorities.
The head of the Donetsk regional military-civilian administration, Oleksandr Kikhtenko, said on Tuesday that the instigators of the riots had been identified. "The ringleaders, those who instigated people into unlawful actions and turned vehicles over have already been identified. These people have been identified and will be apprehended in the very near future. They are local residents, mainly young people aged between 18 and 25," he said.
The military serviceman who was driving the vehicle which fatally knocked the girl down was drunk, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Army General Staff said.
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