The Ukrainian political party Pora said yesterday police shot and wounded one of the party's activists as he attempted to distribute campaign materials.

The party said Oleksandr Hlobenko was shot in the back in the capital Kyiv overnight and was in a grave condition.

A police spokesman confirmed there had been an "incident," but declined to provide details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile in Kharkiv, an explosive device went off at the entrance to the regional headquarters of the Party of Regions. The handmade device went off as a party leader, Yevhen Kushnariov, was leaving the office late on March 21. No one was hurt. Kharkiv police have opened an investigation.

The incidents came as Ukraine prepares for parliamentary elections on March 26, RFE/RL informed.


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