Several nationalist groups staged a rally at the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyiv on Wednesday, November 7, to call for the formation of a government ministry for veterans. Roughly 300 people from veterans' groups, as well as veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and eastern Ukraine, are demanding a unified government body to address social and employment benefits.
According to local reports, demonstrators also criticized perceived inaction by the government to establish social safety programs for military veterans, and additional protests are anticipated before the government finalizes the 2019 budget in late November. A heightened security presence and significant traffic disruptions are to be expected near related gatherings.
Individuals in Kyiv are advised to monitor developments to the situation, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests as a precaution.
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