Ukraine’s Right Sector members on Saturday rallied in Kiev near the presidential bulding, demanding to stop the persecution of their members.
The demonstration of Right Sector, a right-wing group in Ukraine which played a big role in Kiev street protests that toppled former president Viktor Yanukovich, came after a shootout in western Ukraine.
The attack, in which armed men opened fire at the security team of a local deputy and later police, is said to have been carried out by members of the paramilitary volunteer corps and claimed two lives and wounded four others, all members of Right Sector.
"We [Right Sector] don't need anything at all for ourselves, we want justice and for people to live normally,” said Right Sector spokesman Artem Skoropadsky.
“But when we try to stop flows of contraband (smuggling) and they start killing us then this is a question that should be addressed to the government, not to us," he said.
The overthrow of Yanukovich set off a confrontation with Russia and sparked the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.