: Odesa, May 2: Ukraine commemorates victims of 2014 bloodshed

15:44 May. 2, 2016

Odesa, May 2: Ukraine commemorates victims of 2014 bloodshed

Police patrolling the Kulikovo Field in Odesa as Ukraine commemorates victims of 2014 bloodshed (UNIAN Photo)

Two years on from deadly clashes that killed 48, wounded 200 

May 3, 2016

Hundreds of people pay tribute to those killed May 2, 2014 in Odesa

Several hundred people visited the commemoration events in the center of Odesa on Monday, May 2, to honour those who died in 2014 during clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists, heroes of the Heavenly Hundreds and those killed in the anti-terrorist operation zone, Interfax Ukraine reports.

Two commemoration services for those killed in the events were to be held in Odesa – one on the Kulykove Pole Square (Kulikovo Field)  and the other one the Hretska Square.

The event on the Kulykove Pole Square was not held because of the anonymous reports of a bomb being planted there. Subsequently, the report about the bomb was not confirmed, but three grenades were found in an underground passage in the vicinity of the Kulykove Pole Square. Full story  


Hundreds of people pay tribute to those killed in mass clashes on May 2, 2014 in Odesa (UNIAN Photo)

May 2, 2016

18:30 Police detain 40 people in Odesa during the day

A total of 40 people were detained on suspicion of public order offenses in Odesa, on May 2.

This was reported by the press service of the national police headquarters in the Odesa region.

Some of the detainees wore St. George ribbons (a sign of pro-Russian separatists), some of them had weapons like brass-knuckles, nunchucks, and smoke-canisters, some of them just created disturbances. Full story  


Police preventing people from entering the Kulikovo Field (Kulykove Pole) in Odesa, on May 2 (UNIAN Photo)

15:30 Pro-Kremlin activists attack Ukraine's embassy in Moscow 

Members of Eduard Limonov's party 'Another Russia' threw firesticks at the embassy building while shouting "Death to butchers! Free Odesa!"

The local unrest is said to mark the second anniversary of Odesa bloodshed which took place on May 2, 2014. Three persons have been arrested, according to one of 'Another Russia' leaders. Full story  


13:00 Tombinski wants transparent investigation into May 2 fire in Odesa

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Jan Tombinski has called on the Ukrainian authorities to conduct a transparent investigation into the Odesa fire and shooting incidents, which took place two years ago, UNIAN reports.

"Today we recall the tragic events in Odesa on 2 May 2014, that left more than 40 people dead and 200 injured. I urge the government of Ukraine to follow up on the recommendations of the Council of Europe International Advisory Panel and to carry out an independent and transparent investigation,"Tombinski said in a statement on the second anniversary of the tragic events in OdesaFull story  

12:00 Odesa officials received a bomb threat message from an unknown person saying that a bomb was planted under the Trade Unions building, in the Kulikov Field (Kulykove Pole). Explosive officers are currently examining area. The Kulikovo Field is surrounded by police officers. 


Police patrolling the Kulikovo Field (Kulykove Pole) (UNIAN Photo)

STORY: May 2 marks the second anniversary of the tragic events that took place in the city of Odesa in 2014. Two years ago during the clashes between pro-Ukrainian and separatist forces in Odesa 48 people died and more than 200 got wounded. 


 (UNIAN Photo)

Ukraine's law enforcement officials expect provocations during the second anniversary of the tragic events. That is why security is tight in Odesa: access to the city's centre and the Kulikovo Field (Kulykove Pole - the tragedy site) has been limited, the roads have been closed to cars from 7 am to midnight; routes of public transport have been changed. The entrance to the Kulikovo Field have been equipped with metal detectors.

Control measures have also been enhanced. During the holidays - until May 10 - anti-terrorist groups will be using military vehicles to patrol Odesa's streets. Additional police units from different regions of Ukraine have been deployed to Odesa. In total, about 3,000 law enforcement officers, including Special Forces soldiers and the National Guard, will be patrolling the city. 

608xXUkraine's National Guard, near the Trade House in the Kulikovo Field (Kulykove Pole), Odesa (UNIAN Photo)


Odesa region border and sea border guards are on combat alert during the May holidays. Their task is to prevent arms trafficking as well as provocateurs and terrorists from crossing the state border. 

Read also Odesa massacre: years of investigation bring no progress

The Odesa residents were urged not to wear masks, balaclavas, or St. George ribbons (a sign of pro-Russian separatists). Any rallies near the City Hall in the Dumska Square have been strictly forbidden. 

"Considering the experience I have with Putin's Russia, I have no doubt that they (Russians) are preparing a provocation, they will, or will try to use the anniversary of the May 2 tragedy to undermine the situation in Odesa and Ukraine ... The information we receive from Ukraine's Security Service and other services is quite alarming," says Odesa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili.

On April 30, Ukraine's Security Service (the SBU) reportedly found a weapon and ammunition arsenal near Odesa. The cache was stored in an abandoned building on the city's outskirts. During the operation, officials confiscated three grenade launchers, 42 grenades, almost 1,500 rounds of ammunition, three magazine cases for a Kalashnikov gun, signal pistols and smoke grenades. The weapons were wrapped in newspaper and plastic bags. Investigation is under way.  

NOTE: On 2 May 2014, the deadly clashes broke out in Odesa's centre, where several people were shot. These murders culminated in a large confrontation at the Odesa Trade Unions building, in the Kulikovo Field, where the pro-Russian activists were overwhelmed by the Maidan supporters. The building the 'Antimaidan' members holed up in was torched in unclear circumstances, and 42 people died, some were burned alive, some jumped from the windows to their deaths. 

Odesa Trade Unions building on fire (UNIAN Photo)


These events were named the bloodiest and most tragic in Odesa in the past 100 years. The city announced a three-day mourning in honour of those who lost their lives.

Watch also a documentary recounting last year's tragedy: 'Odesa. May 2: What Really Happened' (the film presents results of the journalistic investigation): 

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