No serious violations of public order on New Year's night in Ukraine, police report
Police haven't registered any serious violation of public order during New Year celebrations in Ukraine, a posting on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Web site on Wednesday reads.
Police report that on December 31, 2013 there were almost 1,200 New Year festive events in Ukraine, which gathered nearly 730,700 people. "The most crowded events were held in Dnipropetrovsk region (43 events were attended by 165,000 people) and in Kharkiv region (almost 90,000 people participated in 34 events)," the posting reads.
Public order was ensured by more than 12,600 police officers. "There were no gross violations of public order during mass events," the posting said.
At the same time, the police report has no information about the number of people who took part in the New Year festive events on Kyiv's Independence Square.
The Interior Ministry also informed that on January 1, 2014, more than 424 New Year events are scheduled in Ukraine, which are to attract nearly 290,000 people. "Police officers ask citizens to remain calm and abide by laws, treat each other with tolerance, observe public order and help police officers perform their law enforcement duties," the posting said.
As was reported earlier, over 100,000 people who gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square to celebrate the New Year were singing Ukraine's national anthem at 2355 on December 31, 2013, in an attempt to break the world record for most people singing the national anthem simultaneously.
Prior to that, the organizers of the New Year celebrations on Independence Square submitted an application to register that performance in the Guinness World Records Book as most people singing the national anthem. Currently, the record belongs to India where 121,653 people gathered to perform the national anthem simultaneously on May 6, 2013.
The organizers of the Kyiv event say they hope that the record will be broken. The results of the Kyiv anthem singing will be announced later.
Leaders of the opposition factions in Ukraine's parliament Arseniy Yatseniuk, Vitaliy Klitschko and Oleh Tiahnybok announced their New Year greetings to Ukrainians from the stage on Kyiv's Independence Square in the early hours of January 1, 2014. Then a festive concert followed with the participation of Ukrainian popular singers, including the S.K.A.Y. pop rock band, Eurovision Song Contest 2004 winner Ruslana, the TNMK hip hop group, and others. Those who were on the square last night were dancing and singing. The festive part also included New Year night fireworks.