|Kharkov in March 2014|
January 22, 2015
Translated from Russian by Krisitna Rus
Kharkov administrative and state facilities are beefing up security
Kharkov from 15:00 enacted enhanced patrols.
As reported by UNIAN, during the meeting with Ambassador from Germany to Ukraine Christoph Weil this was voiced by the head of the regional state administration Igor Baluta [Kharkov governor appointed by Kiev].
“The number of law enforcement officers on the streets of the city and the region will be increased two times. Also they will ensure patrol near the administrative centers and public facilities of special importance. Light armored vehicles will be stationed on the territory of these facilities, or near them. Patrols will involve approximately 2,400 employees,” – said Baluta.
Baluta explained these measures that “from the front line to our administration is just 230 km”. He accused the leadership of proclaimed republics in an attempt to destabilize the situation in the region, stressing the need to defend against sabotage and terrorist attacks.
Experts drew attention to the fact, that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday cut his visit to Davos due to a complex operational situation in the South-East of the country, and returned to Kiev early. Previously, he cancelled his visit to the city of Dnepropetrovsk [the base of Kolomoisky]”due to the difficult weather conditions”.
Experts do not exclude that increased measures for patrolling Kharkov are taken in connection with a possible visit to the city by the President. On the eve Kharkov was visited by the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Aleksandr Turchinov.