Ukrainian Interior Ministry denies allegations of missing protesters
KIEV, February 13 (RAPSI) - The Ukrainian Interior Ministry denies allegations that 60 people have gone missing since the protests in Kiev began, according to a statement released by the ministry Thursday.
Reports of kidnapped and murdered Euromaidan activists have become frequent in the media recently. According to the ministry, the Euromaidan SOS website had listed over 60 missing persons as of February 12. This list supposedly includes people who were involved in the Kiev protests over the past two months.
“The reports on the Euromaidan SOS site are incorrect. Only three of the missing persons from their list have been reported to the police as of today,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The Kiev police check every report published online.
“Some of them could have lost their cell phones and can’t get in touch with their families or friends. Some people from the list are in fact on a wanted list for various offenses, and some have been detained on criminal charges,” the statement suggests.
Kiev and other Ukrainian cities have been rocked by mass anti-government street protests since President Viktor Yanukovych backed away from signing a series of agreements with the EU in November in favor of cementing ties with Russia.
Among the protesters’ main demands is a return to the previous version of the constitution enacted in 2004 by then-President Yushchenko. The amended version, under which some presidential powers were handed over to the parliament and government, was ruled unconstitutional in 2010 during the first year of Yanukovych’s presidency.