Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ural police detain Ukrainian nationalist accused of assaulting police officer

Ural-area police announced last week that they have detained an activist from Ukraine's Right Sector group on suspicion of assaulting a Russian police officer with a machete and bayonet.

The suspect--Mikhail Maslak--allegedly attempted to gain access to the Interior Ministry building in the Chelyabinsk region's town of Troitsk before being stopped by a police officer stationed nearby. When confronted by the officer, Maslak allegedly brandished the knives and began threatening the officer, The Moscow Times reports.

Maslak will stand trial on charges of using violence against a law enforcement officer later in the month.

The Right Sector is a group of Ukrainian nationals who strongly oppose Russia's annexation of Crimea. It has been portrayed by Russia's state-run television stations as a violent right-wing terrorist group.

In March of this year a Russian court issued an arrest warrant for the group's leader, Dmytro Yarosh on charges of terrorism-related activities, according to The Moscow Times.

In March 2014, former Right Sector leader Oleksander Muzychko was shot dead in Ukraine after the group's ambush of a state prosecutor's office in the Ukrainian city of Rivine.