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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