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News / 22 January 2014 | 16:10
Ukrainian government lifts restrictions on use of water cannons in cold weather

Ukrainian government lifts restrictions on use of water cannons in cold weather


The Ukrainian government has amended the regulations on using special means in protecting public order by allowing police forces to use water cannons against rioters regardless of air temperature, according to the new version of Clause 16 of the rules of the use of special means during the protection of public order endorsed by the government on January 22, 2014.

"Water cannons shall be used by police to curb mass unrest and group violations of public order, counter attacks on buildings, structures, other facilities, and vehicles regardless of their ownership, protect civilians, and defend themselves from attacks and other actions posing a threat to their lives, health, housing, or property," it says, Interfax-Ukraine informed.

The previous version of the rules indicated that water cannons could be used to disperse participants in mass unrest on condition that the air temperature is not below zero degrees Celsius.

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