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Amber war in Ukraine: Interior Ministry mulls using National Guard to stop illegal digging (VIDEO)

Amber war in Ukraine: Interior Ministry mulls using National Guard to stop illegal digging (VIDEO)The National Guard units might get involved in prevention of illegal production of amber in Rivne region, northern Ukraine. The Interior Ministry now considers such option, said the National Guard’s spokeswoman Svitlana Pavlovska.

“Our units are currently not involved in such actions. The operative staff of the National Police is now working there, and so far they can cope with the issue. However, if there is a respective decision, we are ready to act according to our commitments”, Pavovska said.

On March 30, the mass clashes between the police and amber seekers took place in Smitnyk mountain area, Rivne region, northern Ukraine. The policemen tried to prevent the illegal production of amber, facing almost a thousand masked people armed with baseball bats and stones. The protesters blocked the roadways with logs and threw stones at policemen. In return, the law enforcers called in reinforcements with armored vehicles.



The National Police is now taking care of the situation.
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