Journalist Nikita Knish was beaten in Kharkiv after he called the police to the place of a mass congestion of people, breaking the quarantine, said Saturday the head of the National Union of journalists of Ukraine Sergey Tomilenko.

The government of Ukraine from March 12 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 introduced a nationwide quarantine for a month, but later it was extended to may 11. From 6 April quarantine measures in the country was tightened, in particular, the government has forbidden to gather on the street in groups of more than two persons, except in cases of support of children. It is also forbidden to walk in parks, green areas and promenades, numerous sports and playgrounds.

Knysh decided to remove the video breach of quarantine in the Parking lot near the metro station Nauchnaya, where he likes to gather "preppy".

On the record, according to Tomilenko, see Knysh appears to be a journalist and asks young people questions about their violation of the quarantine. After shooting the journalist was summoned to the scene the police to respond to violations. However, the patrol did not take any action. Recorded on video for a long period of conversation of the journalist with the patrol, where he convinces about the need for a response, and law enforcement refused because "the government decree on the quarantine is a recommendation, not a requirement". In the end, the patrol left the place of rest for the young people of Kharkiv.

"As evidenced by the journalist, in a matter of seconds after the police left, he was attacked and severely beaten. Criminals took the phone and backpack with laptop and personal belongings," wrote Tomilenko in Facebook.

Knysh called the police for investigative action went to the hospital to take a beating. He also published a fragment of a video camera, which recorded his beating and the attacker who took the backpack. The phone that I threw it away.

"the national Union of journalists of Ukraine condemns beating of a journalist who covered the important topic of public violations of the state anti-epidemic requirements, and urged the National police to respond adequately to the incident", – said the head of the Union of journalists.

According to the latest data of the Ministry of health of Ukraine, the country recorded 11 411 cases died 279, recovered 1 498.

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