Nineteen people confirmed dead in Manchester Arena blastWorld May 23, 4:40
Senator: Ukrainian authorities reluctant to stop policy of restricting Ukrainians' rightsRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 23, 3:48
Maestro Gergiyev’s orchestra opens international music festival in SofiaSociety & Culture May 23, 3:44
Anti-Russian sanctions unlikely to be lifted shortly, says parliament speakerBusiness & Economy May 23, 2:33
Senior Russian MP says too early to speak of thaw in Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 23, 2:26
NATO’s saber-rattling only impairs security of alliance's members — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 22, 20:20
Russian sledge hockey team may compete in 2018 Paralympics — IPCSport May 22, 18:53
PM Medvedev says envoy’s murder 'left imprint' on Russian consulate’s work in TurkeyRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 22, 18:40
Peruvian fire-fighting service wants to buy Russian Mi-171 helicoptersBusiness & Economy May 22, 18:00
Russia demanded Kiev should conduct a transparent investigation into the tragedy in Odessa, the ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich has said.
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a message to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the OSCE Secretary-General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Secretary-General and the Council of Europe Secretary-General to call on them to conduct an impartial investigation into the May 2 tragic events in Odessa,” he said on Thursday.
Odessa saw riots on May 2, during which soccer fans who came from the city of Kharkiv, as well as Right Sector far-right ultranationalist movement militants and so-called “Maidan self-defence” representatives from Kiev organised a march along city streets.
At least 48 people died and more than 200 were injured in the clashes and the fire in the Trade Unions House. Another 48 people are listed as missing. Many Ukrainian politicians, including people’s deputy Oleh Tsariov and Odessa regional council deputy Vadim Savenko, say the official death count figures are understated. They assert that the death toll reached 116 but that the Kiev authorities are concealing the facts.
On Monday, May 19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “Russia is indignant with the Kiev authorities’ attitude towards the tragedy in Odessa and the attempts to lie about the events.”
“We cannot take the role of a court. But the investigation, organised by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament), cannot satisfy us,” he said. “We will insist the investigation be objective, impartial and complete.