Units of 95th Airborne and 25th Paratroopers Brigade set checkpoints around “Right Sector” base in Velykomykhailivka village in Dnipropetrovsk Region.
Velykomykhailivka is located out of so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation zone, and any military activity in this area should be regulated by Ukrainian laws that don’t allow to use Ukrainian Army to maintain public order.
Dmytro Yarosh also gave his comments on the situation.
Our base was blocked without any warnings by units of 25th and 95th Paratroopers Brigade, they used armored vehicles and heavy weapon to set checkpoints with young, recently mobilized soldiers. They stopped one of our cars, and demanded from warriors to give up their weapon. When I called Viktor Muzhenko the Chief of the General Staff, he didn’t respond right away and we couldn’t immediately discuss the situation. Although, that was obvious that without the order from General Staff this operation couldn’t be done. I contacted Paratroopers commanders, we used to fight together, and military commanders guarantied to me that they will not use weapon against their brothers from “Right Sector” regardless the worst orders that can be given by politicians. I gave orders to all units of “Right Sector” not to give up their weapon. Nobody can forbid us to protect our land and fight against Russian aggressors. At the same time we will not respond to provocations… I see that military and political administration decided to provoke the conflict deliberately. They want to push “Right Sector” warriors to take illegal actions towards Ukrainian Army soldiers in order to discredit volunteer corps. This provocation will not work. We got our weapons fighting against the enemy. The actions of military command today is exceptionally cynical and meanness provocation against the patriots of Ukraine. Now the situation of the territory of “Right Sector” base is under control, the guards are on duty. People are in good mood, we got used to provocations long time ago, and we are not going to fight against out friends in arms, we will not do that for the joy of shameless politicians. As People’s Deputy I will demand detailed investigation on this incident. Political and military administration is responsible for the provocation and attempt to initiate a conflict between army soldiers and warriors of “Right Sector”. I hope for fast reaction from the Power regarding this case. I want to hear response, what was the reason to make this provocation against one of the most battle-worthy Ukrainian units on the front.
– Dmytro Yarosh, the leader of “Right Sector”
The original post in Ukrainian was published at “Right Sector” website at 22:49 yesterday April 28 at pravyysektor.info
At about 11:29am today the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine made a post regarding events that happened near “Right Sector” base. You can read original post in Ukrainian here mil.gov.ua. Below is translation into English.
The training of Ukrainian Army Paratroopers units in Dnipropetrovsk Region continues.
All messages spread around the Internet now regarding the situation in Dnipropetrovsk Region are trying to increase the degree of tension in society and can be used as pre-text for military provocations on the territory of Ukraine during May holidays.
We also inform that at night on April 28 and in the morning of April 29 there were conversations over the phone between the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko and Dmytro Yarosh. They discussed different questions including fulfilent of agreement achieved before regarding cooperation and integration of Volunteer Ukrainian Corps “Right Sector” into Armed Forces of Ukraine
We want to remind that the position of the General Staff of Ukraine remains unchanged. All armed groups on the territory of Ukraine should be legal and obey Armed Forces of Ukraine or other state security forces.
- Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
Later today at 13:14 Hromadske.tv reported that Dmytro Yarosh arrived at “Right Sector” base in Dnipropetrovsk Region on a helicopter. He came for negotiation with a general of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
It hasn’t been reported yet who is this general.The negotiations are going on behind closed doors. According to worriers of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps who are there, the general assured them that the base is not blocked and that’s just movement of troops around it.
At the same time the head of headquarters of 5th battalion of Volunteer Ukrainian Corps Oleksandr Karas “Podolyanyn” in his comments to Hromadske.tv reporters who are at the place now said that there are already 11 checkpoints set around “Right Sector” base. There 20-25 soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine at each checkpoint. According to Oleksandr Karas they dig trenches and they have armored vehicles and machine guns, machine guns are covered, but directed towards Volunteer Ukrainian Corps base.
The reporters of Hromadske.tv passed by one of recently built checkpoints on the way to Volunteer Ukrainian Corps base. They confirmed that there were 20 soldiers of Armed Forces of Ukraine, but they refused to say which brigade. Their checkpoint was 500 meters from “Right Sector” base.