Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has condemned the actions of those who violated the rights of journalists and infringed on the freedom of the press in Kyiv on May 18, he told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

"I categorically condemn the actions of those who violated the rights of journalists and infringed on the freedom of the press. As President, I’m calling on the concerned government agencies to make a proper legal assessment of the case that took place during a political rally in Kyiv on May 18," he said.

As a reminder, a conflict erupted between representatives of the opposition and a group of unidentified men on Velyka Zhytomyrska Street in Kyiv at about 1420 on May 18, which later turned into a brawl. The young men began throwing water bottles and stones.

Several people, including Channel 5 journalist Olha Snitsarchuk and Kommersant photographer Vlad Sodel, were injured in the incident.
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