Three-Day Mourning in Odessa After 41 Die in Friday Clashes

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Three-day mourning was declared in the Ukrainian city of Odessa after Friday's riots, which took 41 lives and injured nearly 200 people.

"May 3, 4 and 5 are declared mourning days," the city council has announced in a statement on its website.

The disturbance began in the south-west city Odessa on Friday with a mass brawl at Grecheskaya Street when football fans from Kharkov and Right Sector and Self-Defence radicals from Kiev clashed with federalization supporters, Itar-Tass reported.

According to the BBC, dozens of people have died after an official building in the city of Odessa was set on fire.

Regional council member and Odessa mayoral candidate Alexei Albu was also among the attacked during the clashes.

The press service of the Ukrainian government said the cabinet had sent a commission headed by Ukrainian parliament-appointed First Vice Premier Vitaly Yaryoma to Odessa to inquire into circumstances of the deaths of people in clashes and the fire in the House of Trade Unions, Itar-Tass informs.

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Yane - 4 May 2014 // 11:53:42

Avoiding facts? MSM uncertain who is behind deadly Odessa blaze

Despite clear evidence that the pro-Kiev radicals set Odessa’s House of Trade Unions ablaze on Friday killing dozens, the mainstream media is being ambiguous about the causes of the tragedy.

On Friday, Ukraine’s eastern town of Odessa saw brutal street battles between pro-autonomy activists and nationalist radicals which left 46 people dead. The majority of the victims died in the Trade Unions House that was set on fire by pro-Kiev radicals.

Very carefully worded commentary on the tragedy in Odessa came from the mainstream Western media, as if they were trying to avoid assigning the blame to those who actually set the building on fire. Their coverage of the event was heavily reliant on statements from Kiev that blamed the violence on pro-autonomy activists, as well as witness accounts given by the nationalist Right Sector members.

Based on their reports, it may seem that the House of Trade Unions just caught fire.

Hueyis - 3 May 2014 // 20:29:40

Novinite had nothing to do with it; Novinite only reports the truth of what happened.

nazis - 3 May 2014 // 13:01:36

Now it is clear why pro-Russians tried to keep the checkpoints to their cities.

Once they are controlled by the Ukrainian regime thousands of nazi football hooligans from Kiev and Charkov (look on the map how far they have travelled) come to eliminate the pro-Russians.

Yane - 3 May 2014 // 12:59:26

RT: Briefly take us through what happened today and the offense that led up to all these deaths.

MS: There has been a condition of dueling political militias in Odessa for several months now but there hadn't been any fatalities as of yet. We know that several hundred ultra-nationalists were bussed into Odessa. We have this from the local police chief and from the Right Sector themselves. They attacked an anti-putsch protest camp in the center of the city.

The self-defense forces of the protest camps certainly fought back. They were using makeshift weapons, chains, bats, reportedly some small-arms fire, Molotov cocktails, and stones. We know that regular people on both sides were participating. We saw pensioners throwing pavement stones and hitting people with clubs, which is an absolute Balkan, former Yugoslavia level of neighbor-on-neighbor violence.

At one point, when a firetruck came on the scene, the pro-putsch mob took control of the fire brigade truck, beat the driver, and then tried to use the truck to ram the self-defense lines of the anti-putsch protesters and crush them. Then the anti-putsch protesters eventually retreated from the onslaught inside the Trade Unions building. The pro-putsch protesters, the ultra-nationalists, they set the building on fire. At least 30-some people died from smoke inhalation or burning. Others jumped out of the windows. Eight people died jumping out of the windows.

Of those that survived – either by escaping the building or jumping out of the windows – some of them were then made to crawl on their hands and knees, despite suffering from burns, through a gauntlet, a corridor of shame by these ultra-nationalists, who were then beating them. We have video of this.

Yane - 3 May 2014 // 12:47:10

Novinite serving their western masters by trying to keep a lid of what happened,

sa-sha - 3 May 2014 // 11:46:29

Correction, Novinite: not "clashes", but "cleaning" took place in Odessa. More than 40 local residents were driven by the "Right Sector" fighters into Odessa’s Trade Unions House and then burned to death there. The "procedure of mortification" was accompanied by "Glory to Ukraine-Glory to heroes" shouts. Police didn't interfere..................
USA/EU keep silence. Everything is OK.

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