Ruslan Kotsaba is a Ukrainian journalist who has been imprisoned since February 2015, who is being charged for his journalistic activities and a pacifist video in which he spoke out against the war in Donbass and the mobilization of Ukrainian forces.
We urge the Ukrainian government to end this farce and release Ruslan Kotsaba! We call on the German government to push for the immediate release of Ruslan Kotsaba! We call on the German media to show solidarity with their colleagues in Ukraine!
The nationalists have attacked the security forces in front of the Rada with steel billets, smoke bombs and a (possibly homemade) grenade. The security forces used tear gas, stun grenades and batons against the rioters in turn. Among the protesters are supporters of the openly racist Svoboda party and the Right Sector. The Right Sector has openly called for its supporters to storm the Verkhovna Rada on their website and on VKontakte. The demolition could be another message to Poroshenko, whom the right-wing extremists have been threatening to topple and completely seize power for months.