How events developed
The confrontation arose on Friday afternoon in the Grecheskaya Street area between “anti-Maidan” activists on the one hand, and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football clubs, as well as “Euromaidan” activists on the other. By evening, the riots shifted to Kulikovo Field - there the supporters of unitary Ukraine defeated the “anti-Maidan” camp. Police in Odessa reported that it opened a criminal case on the fact of unrest in the city.
Then in the House of Trade Unions, where pro-Russian supporters were hiding, there was a fire. According to recent reports, 31 people died as a result of a fire. Odessa authorities believe that the arson was the cause of the fire. At the same time, the police reported that the causes of the fire are established. As the deputy of the Odessa City Council Dmitry Spivak told on the air of the Ukrainian "5 channel", the firefighters arrived only half an hour after the start of the fire.
The acting mayor of Odessa, Oleg Bryndak, called on all parties to the confrontation in the city to abandon the use of force to resolve disputes. He noted that at the moment all possible measures are being taken to stabilize the situation in the city. Odessa doctors work in emergency mode. An operational headquarters has been created, whose task is to coordinate the actions of law enforcement agencies, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the medical profession.
Meanwhile, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Vitaly Yarema is flying to Odessa at the head of a special commission, the acting Verkhovna Rada said. Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.
The reaction of Russia
Moscow considers the tragedy in Odessa to be a manifestation of the criminal irresponsibility of the Kiev authorities, “indulging insolent national radicals, including the Right Sector, who organize a campaign of physical terror against supporters of federalization and real constitutional changes in Ukrainian society,” and calls upon Kiev and its Western patrons to put an end lawlessness, the statement said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Russian ministry noted that, coupled with the ongoing punitive operation of the current Kiev authorities in Slavyansk, the tragedy in Odessa "became yet another confirmation of the criminal bet on force and intimidation", which has nothing to do with the obligations arising from the February 21 agreement and the Geneva statement from 17 April.
The Ukrainian military on Friday morning began to storm Slavyansk using aviation and armored vehicles, casualties were reported. In Moscow, the actions of Kiev were called punitive action, which actually destroys the last hope for the viability of the Geneva agreements on de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
The Kiev authorities accused Russian intelligence services of what happened in the south of Ukraine. And about. the head of the presidential administration of Ukraine, Sergey Pashinsky, said that the events in Odessa are "a provocation by the FSB", designed to "divert attention" from the special operations conducted by the Ukrainian security forces in south-eastern Ukraine.
In Moscow, these statements are considered nonsense, total lies and cynicism, said RIA News on Saturday night source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
“The statements of Sergey Pashinsky are nonsense. Not only to specialists, but to ordinary people in the street, it is clear that the people who came to today's rallies are ordinary residents of Odessa. Launched by the Kiev authorities история that allegedly "separatists got weapon from the FSB and from it they killed Odessans "- total lies and cynicism", - said a source in the Russian ministry.
Are there any Russians among the dead?
On Saturday night, the Ukrainian media reported that 15 Russians and five Transnistrian citizens were among those killed in the fire at the trade unions house in Odessa. The channel "1 + 1" claims that the citizens of Russia and Transnistria, who turned out to be a burning building, died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Kiev to make public the data on whether there are Russians among the victims of the fire in Odessa, otherwise Moscow will consider it a new attempt to blame Russia for everything that is happening. "The question arises: on the basis of what materials such conclusions are made? If all the dead have already been identified and there are supporting documents, they should immediately be given publicity, and not play on the feelings of the relatives of the dead and not try to stir up emotions in people who have already been pushed to to the edge of the abyss. If no identification was carried out and there are no documents, then such statements are another unsubstantiated attempt to convince the public of a certain “Russian trace” found in Odessa protest rallies ", - RIA Novosti said in the Foreign Ministry.
Meanwhile, in the Odessa police reported that the bodies of those killed in the fire in the Odessa House of Trade Unions have not yet been identified, they are still in the building. “How could they (the media - ed.) Be able to determine if the bodies were still in the building, they weren’t taken out. It’s too early to talk about their identification,” Vladimir Shabliyenko, head of the press department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Odessa region, told RIA Novosti.
RT journalists managed to contact an eyewitness to the events that is on the roof of the building. According to him, the House of Trade Unions burned. Fire on the second and fourth floors. Many people suffocated because they had no opportunity to either go upstairs to the roof or go downstairs and leave the building.
An eyewitness to the events in Odessa: Furious radicals blocked dozens of people on the roof of the House of Trade Unions
An eyewitness claims that about 50 people are currently blocked on the roof. They are forced to flee from the angry crowd that drove them into this house. According to an eyewitness, “Molotov cocktails” and cobblestones were thrown at people. “There was nowhere to go, we were pressed against these walls,” said an eyewitness in an interview with RT. Then the people who were blocked in the building were burned almost alive, - says an eyewitness. According to him. Right in front of his eyes, policemen shove people in, and they are “passed through the ranks of an angry wolf crowd, a wolf pack that literally tears these people apart.”
“People are beaten with sticks, then these bodies are thrown into a paddy wagon. The police stand calmly, watching. No measures are being taken to protect people, ”said an eyewitness.
According to him, in the House of Trade Unions there are now a lot of dead bodies that they cannot carry to the street. Down below, an angry mob of three hundred radicals gathered. Groups of these people with shields and batons are waiting for the rest of the people to leave the building. “They didn’t tear us up on the street, they’ll tear us up here,” says an eyewitness. According to him, people in the House of Trade Unions will fight for life to the end.
Another witness said that people in the House of Trade Unions tried to somehow close all the dormer windows that go to the roof, removed the ladder. Odessans did not allow those who tried to do this under the guise of rescuers, Security Service of Ukraine and others to get on the roof. People need guarantees that they will live, and this, judging by what is happening in the courtyard of the building, according to an eyewitness, will not happen. People expect someone to come to their aid.
In turn, the deputy of the regional council of Odessa Alexey Albu told RT about how it all began. According to him, in the afternoon of May 2, ultra-right militants arrived in the city. They approached Kulikovo Field, where the camp of opponents of the Kiev authorities was located. The radicals of the Right Sector began to shower supporters of the federalization with Molotov cocktails. At that time, about 200 people were in the camp, about half of them were women and men older than 50-60, the deputy specified.
After that, people were barricaded in the House of Trade Unions. They began to throw light-noise grenades and launch tear gas, Albu added. After that, the deputy and comrades tried to get out of the building and fell into the hands of the militants. “When we left the burning building of the trade unions, a crowd of nationalists attacked us. I can say that about a hundred people were injured. People jumped out of the windows, everything was in smoke. Lying were kicked, ”said Albu. The deputy himself suffered.
The president of the self-proclaimed Odessa People's Republic, Valery Kaurov, stated that the radicals of the Right Sector used not only Molotov cocktails and bats against supporters of federalization, but also firearms and Kalashnikov assault rifles. The building of the House of Trade Unions was thrown with stun grenades, gas was launched there. “Therefore, when the building began to burn, only half an hour later the first fire engine arrived and began to extinguish. Bandera prevented them from doing so. “Russians, burn!” - they shouted to our people. They surrounded every car, and the stairs with which the firemen began to take people out of the windows, ”said Kaurov in an interview with RT.
An activist about the events in Odessa: Bandera shouted: "Russian, burn!"
The president of the self-proclaimed Odessa People's Republic, Valery Kaurov, told RT about what happened in Odessa, where radical militants attacked the camp of federalization supporters on the Kulikovo Field, and the activists were forced to hide in the House of Trade Unions. The building was set on fire, 43 people died in the fire. Dozens are still blocked on the roof.
According to Kaurov, the center of Odessa was already crushed when a mob of radicals moved to Kulikovo Field, in order to eliminate the tent city of supporters of federalization. The radicals were about 5 thousand people, all armed to the teeth not only with bats and Molotov cocktails, but also with firearms, including Kalashnikov assault rifles, the militia says.
Activists of the national militia had to barricade themselves in the building of the regional trade union, which is located directly on the Kulikovo field. “About three hundred people entered the building to save their lives and keep at least some defense, hoping that the police, if they did not hold out, would be able to free them,” Kaurov explained in an interview with RT.
However, the radicals threw the building with Molotov cocktails, stun grenades, they launched gas there. At the same time, people inside, according to Kaurov, did not have any weapons or gas masks. And the first fire truck drove up to the scene only half an hour later. Radicals prevented firefighters from extinguishing a building, Kaurov noted. “Russians, burn!” - they shouted to our people. They surrounded every car, and the stairs with which the firemen began to take people out of the windows, ”said the president of the self-proclaimed Odessa People's Republic in an interview with RT.
. People just burned alive, did not let them save. Many have suffocated in the smoke, without receiving any help, ”says Kaurov. According to him, the consolidated detachments of the People’s Friends, the Odessa squad and the Orthodox squad resist the radicals. Among those who are blocked on the roof are women and girls. They demand that the police help them leave. After all, those who were taken out of the building earlier were given to “Banderovites for mercy,” Kaurov explained. “Literally 30 people attacked one and beat. After that, the police took these people under their arms and pushed them into the paddy wagons, took them away in an unknown direction, ”he added.
Kaurov said that around the whole Kulikovo field there are police squads with shields outside, defending themselves from people, from Odessa, who want to help and unlock the building of the Odessa regional trade union.
The president of the self-proclaimed Odessa People's Republic is confident that after today Odessa will rise, a mass uprising will rise. According to him. Police betrayed people. According to Kaurov, the Right Sector fighters who came from the West, as well as the ultras who arrived at the Chernomorets-Metalist match, as well as Maidan’s self-defense, loiter in Kiev without a case, must answer for the lives of the dead, women, old people from Odessa in a burning building. . They were the ones who planned this action and carried it out, says Valery Kaurov. He is against entering into negotiations with Kiev. “They trampled on the Geneva agreement, they act on the orders of Washington. This is a real genocide, ”Kaurov said in an interview with RT.
Svidomye nymphets bottled what a few dozen people then burned
Those who prepared cocktails: http://vk.com/kvi1o4ka88 Katerina Olegivna, http://vk.com/id14613516 Alla Kolesnik, http://vk.com/yozhikontour Christina Їzhak, http://vk.com/daria_marien Daria Marien.