NEWSWATCH Kyiv Post: Violence erupts after rival Kharkiv rallies
The Kviy Post covers political violence erupting in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
Special forces were deployed along with police negotiators on Aug. 3 when a rally in Kharkiv erupted into violent clashes, with pro-Ukrainian activists driving supporters of the Opposition Bloc into a building in a scene frighteningly reminiscent of the May 2 Odesa massacre.
Kharkiv has been the scene of numerous violent protests pitting pro-Russians against pro-Ukrainians throughout the conflict in Ukraine, with one such rally culminating in a shootout in March 2014. According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the city is also one of the main flashpoints for pro-Russian subversives seeking to destabilize the political situation, and there is an active separatist underground.