Cry of Ukraine

19 February 2014

In Lviv, on the night of February 19 and during the day, the buildings of the regional administration were seized, as well as the regional departments of the SBU, the prosecutor’s office, the tax administration, the traffic police, the regional and city departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the district offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – Galitsky, Frankovsky, Shevchenkovsky and Lychakovsky, which was accompanied by the destruction office equipment and documents, the seizure of more than 1,170 firearms (almost a thousand Makarov pistols, more than 170 Kalashnikov assault rifles, sniper rifles and Kalashnikov machine guns, more than 18,000 cartridges of various calibers). In March 2014, it was reported that more than five thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles, 2,741 Makarov pistols, 123 light machine guns, 12 Shmel jet flamethrowers, 1,500 F-1 grenades and a significant amount of ammunition were stolen from the warehouses of internal troops in the Lviv region.

An attempt was made to set fire to the Zaliznychny regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the building of the Frankovsky District Court with office equipment and documents was burned. Military unit 4114 of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Lvov was burned to the ground, the soldiers of the unit as a result of the fire completely lost ammunition, weapons and a place to sleep (the barracks, arsenal and utility rooms burned down). During the assault on the barracks of unit No. 4114 of the Internal Troops of Ukraine, Euromaidan supporters seized military ammunition and set fire to the building of the unit, causing the burning of at least one of the servicemen; the fire later spread to an ammunition depot. In the regional center, the police call line 102 stopped working, 30% of police vehicles were destroyed. An attempt was made to capture the Lviv University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the same time, the movement of trains between Lviv and Kyiv was suspended, according to representatives of Ukrzaliznytsia, for an indefinite period.

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