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Police in Kyiv, Kharkiv prevent mass brawl among teenagers who supported Russian flash mob

Similar gatherings were spotted in Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, and Lviv.

Law enforcement officers in Kyiv and Kharkiv prevented a mass brawl involving minors who decided to support the Russian PVK Redan flash mob, the press services of the local departments of the National Police said.

On 27 February, a fight between minors was prevented in Kyiv's Pechersk thanks to the timely response of juvenile police officers, operatives and district police officers. They were taken to the police department to identify them and clarify the circumstances.

In Kharkiv, at around 14:00, several dozen teenagers gathered in one of the city's central squares for a mass fight. The police promptly detained all the boys and girls and took them to the police station to clarify the circumstances.

According to the latest data, Kharkiv law enforcement officers have identified 245 participants in the mass event, including 30 adults. Among the minors, there were 149 boys and 66 girls.

The Kharkiv regional police noted that they had registered the incident in the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations under Part 1 of Article 14, Part 1 of Article 294 (mass riots), Part 2 of Article 304 (involvement of minors in illegal activities) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The sanctions of the articles provide for imprisonment of up to 10 years. Law enforcement officers also invited parents whose children participated in the flash mob. Juvenile police officers will meet with them and conduct preventive conversations.

The Ratusha outlet reported that a large crowd of teenagers recently gathered in Ivano-Frankivsk. The police said that the children did not commit any illegal acts, so no one called the police. Later, the participants of the gathering reported on social media that it was a preventive measure in opposition to the Russian one.

Also over the weekend, a "flash mob" was held near the Mykola Gogol Regional Academic Music and Drama Theatre in Poltava.

And according to Lviv city council member Ihor Zinkevych, several police crews were active near one of the city's shopping centres on 27 February to prevent a fight.

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