18:11 25.03.2014

Ukrainian radical group demands Avakov's dismissal, task force members' arrest for killing its activist

The Ukrainian radical group Right Sector demands Interior Minister Arsen Avakov's immediate dismissal and the arrest of members of the Sokil (Falcon) special task force involved in killing nationalist leader Oleksandr Muzychko nicknamed Sashko Bily in the Rivne region early on Tuesday.

"We cannot silently accept the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's active counterrevolutionary activities. In this connection, we demand Interior Minister Arsen Avakov's immediate dismissal, and we demand the arrest of the Sokil special task force commander and all those guilty of [Muzychko's] murder," Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh said at a news conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"Counterrevolutionary pressure on Maidan and Right Sector as the vanguard of our revolution" has been noticeable of late, Yarosh said. "Our brother-in-arms Oleksandr Muzychko's murder - and this is exactly how we interpret what happened last night - confirms this," Yarosh said.

Right Sector understands that "many want to unsettle and destabilize the situation in Ukraine," he said.

"Right Sector has favored and favors peace, calmness, and stability in our state and will do anything it can so that no incidents happen in Ukraine," Yarosh said.

Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Volodymyr Yevdokymov had said at a news briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday morning that Muzychko, who had earlier been declared wanted as a member of an organized criminal gang, had been fatally wounded after opening fire on law enforcement members trying to detain him in the Rivne region in the early hours of Tuesday.

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