UN: May 2, 2014 Odessa disturbances remain uninvestigated

13.12.2017, USA.

The Ukrainian authorities have failed to find and prosecute those who are responsible for the deaths during the Odessa disturbances in May 2014, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said in its report published at the organization’s web site on December 12.

According to the report, justice remains to be served for a number of high-profile cases, such as the murders of protesters during the Maidan and the violent acts on May 2, 2014 in Odessa.

 “The court decision left unanswered the question of who is responsible for organizing the mass disturbances which resulted in 48 deaths,” UN mission members believe.

On May 2, 2014, clashes between the Anti-Maidan activists and radicals of the Euro-Maidan from Kharkov and Odessa took place near the Grecheskaya Square in Odessa. During the disturbances, the tent camp of the Anti-Maidan activists was destroyed, and their attempt to hide in the House of Trade Unions ended it being set on fire. People escaping the building were shot. The disturbances left 48 people dead, and over 250 people were injured.

On September 18, 2017, the Ilyichevsky Court of Odessa region acquitted Anti-Maidan supporters who, according to the prosecution, initiated the disturbances. Ukrainian law enforcement officials have brought no charges at all against the Euro-Maidan supporters.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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