Nationalists threw firecrackers at Zelensky’s office in Kiev

Participants of the rally in support of the convicted former head of the Odessa branch of the Right Sector organization, Serhiy Sternenko, have thrown firecrackers at the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on 20 March.

Around 9 p.m., over a thousand people gathered in front of the Ukrainian president’s office on Bankova Street. They held placards in support of Sternenko with calls to release him.

The protesters, among whom were mostly young people, set fireworks and threw firecrackers and explosive bombs at the office building.

On February 27, Ukrainian radicals threw firecrackers at the office of the Prosecutor General in Kiev. At the same time, it was reported that members of Ukrainian nationalist movements held a rally in support of Sternenko on Saturday.

On February 23, the Primorsky Court in Odessa found Sternenko guilty of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison with confiscation of property. Sternenko did not agree with the sentence. After the verdict was pronounced, his supporters voiced threats to the prosecution. After the session there were clashes of radicals with the police.

In the summer of 2020, Sternenko was summoned for interrogation to the Security Service of Ukraine, where he was notified of suspicion of premeditated murder and illegal carrying of cold weapons.

It was about the events of 2018. Then Sternenko was attacked, he fought back, one of the attackers died. According to the investigation, the man’s actions were not only self-defense, as he caught up with one of his attackers and fatally wounded him.