Protesters were forced to leave Kulikovo Field in Odessa

02.05.2017, Ukraine.

The police closed Kulikovo Field for people who came to commemorate the victims of the massacre on May 2, 2014, RIA Novosti reported on May 2, 2017.

The reason to deny people access to Kulikovo Field was a report from the Ukrainian police about a bomb threat.

Today on May 2, residents of Odessa had been coming to the House of Trade Unions which is located at Kulikovo Field, since early morning, to honor the memory of the victims of the Odessa massacre of May 2, 2014. Three years ago, Ukrainian citizens, who did not accept the unconstitutional coup d’état in Kiev, set up a camp on Kulikovo Field in Odessa. On that day,  May 2, 2014, clashes between Odessa residents and football “Ultras” from Kharkov and Odessa broke out near Greek Square. Militant groups from the „Euromaidan“ joined the “Ultras” as well. According to eyewitnesses, the radical groups arrived in the city in advance. All their actions were well organized. As a result of the clashes, the camp was completely destroyed, and the House of Trade Unions was firebombed. Those who were forcibly expelled from the camp and fled to the House of Trade Unions burned to death. As a result of the Odessa massacre, 48 people were murdered and more than 250 people were injured.

It has been three years since the tragedy in Odessa but the perpetrators were never named. It was never officially determined who started the fire and who was responsible for the massacre.  Why did the police not act and why did firefighters not arrive in time? After investigations, it became apparent that the incident and the circumstances around it were planned. However, none of the „Euromaidan“ supporters were arrested, while activists from the Kulikovo Field have been awaiting trial in jail for the past three years.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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