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Ukrainian Opposition Claims Political Attack As Offices Vandalized


KRYVYY RIH, Ukraine -- The offices of the opposition Ukraine's Future party have been vandalized and robbed in the central city of Kryvyy Rih in what party officials claim was a politically motivated attack, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Olena Klementyeva, the Ukraine's Future party's branch leader in Kryvyy Rih, told RFE/RL on December 12 that the offices were attacked early the previous day.

"The vandals broke in despite the presence of security guards [and they] destroyed all our computers and other equipment as well as taking a notebook," Klementyeva said. "The office is on the city's main street and we have a huge commercial sign on our windows. We do not think ordinary criminals would have been interested in doing that kind of thing in the city center."

Klementyeva added that her party has been holding a series of public actions criticizing the local government and that the attack "must have been" connected to the Ukraine's Future party's political activities.

She referred to police in demanding an investigation into the incident.

In November, unknown assailants beat Vitaliy Kupryy, a Ukraine's Future faction leader on the city council of the eastern city of Dniprodzerzhinsk. His injuries were not life-threatening.

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