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Death toll of Odessa tragedy rises to 47

May 11, 2014, 14:50 UTC+3 ODESSA
Yevgeny Losinsky, who had got a stomach gunshot wound died at the hospital
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ODESSA, May 11 /ITAR-TASS/. The death toll of bloody riots in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa rose to 47, as Yevgeny Losinsky, 34, who had got a stomach gunshot wound died at the hospital. Doctors had been fighting for the life of the wounded man for nine days.

Authorities have made public an updated list of identified 43 victims on Saturday. Eight of them died of gunshot wounds, seven people jumped out of the windows from upper floors of the burning Odessa House of Trade Unions, escaping from the fire and chasers, other people have been burnt alive or got poisoned with carbon dioxide. According to latest reports, 47 people died, more than 200 were wounded and 48 are still reported missing after the clashes in the city. Meanwhile, Ukrainian parliament member Oleg Tsarev, lawmaker of the Odessa regional council Vadim Savenko and other Ukrainian politicians affirmed that no less than 116 people died in the riots, but Kiev authorities conceal the exact figures.

As many as 62 people are being cured at Odessa hospitals, ten of them are in heavy condition at intensive care now.

Riots in the city of Odessa broke out in the afternoon on May 2, when football fans arriving from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov, Right Sector radicals and representatives of the so-called “Maidan self-defence” from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, staged a march on city streets. At this action nationalist radicals stirred up clashes with federalisation supporters, setting on fire a tent camp on Kulikovo Field Square where a sign-up campaign was on for a referendum on Ukraine’s federalisation and granting a state language status to the Russian language. Activists and city residents on duty at the tent camp have taken a shelter at the House of Trade Unions which attackers had also set on fire that resulted in massive deaths.

Kulikovo Field activists already stated that they would be restoring a tent camp after the holidays to continue a sign-up campaign for the referendum, as a large part of gathered signatures burnt down. “We want to place a tent camp after May 9. More people will be staying there,” said lawmaker of the Odessa regional council, city mayoral candidate Aleksey Albu, who was wounded in the defence of the House of Trade Unions.

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