: Ukrainian police detain 40 people in Odesa during the day

18:04 May. 2, 2016

Ukrainian police detain 40 people in Odesa during the day

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

Security is tight in Odesa, as Ukrainians mark the second anniversary of the tragedy

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. 

Earlier the day, the Odesa police officers arrested two 20-year-old guys with pepper spray projectiles 'Teren-4'. The press-service says that the young people were brought into a police station where the officers drew a relevant administrative protocol (violating rules of storing or transporting firearms, cold or pneumatic weapons and ammunition). 

Presently, all circumstances are being clarified by investigators.

Read also Odesa, May 2: Ukraine commemorates victims of 2014 bloodshed (updates)

The Odesa law enforcement officers prevent people from entering the Kulikovo Field (the site of the tragedy that took place two years ago) and continue checking for explosive devices.

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. 

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