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Media says Ukraine’s Rada report on probe to Odessa massacre fabricated

September 09, 2014, 21:48 UTC+3
Thus, journalists noted that a number of important episodes were absent from the Rada-edited version of the report
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ODESSA, September 09. /ITAR-TASS/. The final report about the results of the probe into the massacre in Odessa on May 2, 2014 and into other episodes of violence in other Ukrainian cities that was published by the Verkhovha Rada /parliament/ has been fabricated, Odessa-based media said on Tuesday.

The report of the investigation commission set up within the Verkhovna Rada was presented to journalists by the commission’s secretary Svetlana Fabrikant.

Thus, journalists noted that a number of important episodes were absent from the Rada-edited version of the report. Thus, it omitted witnesses’ evidence proving the involvement of Andryi Paruby, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, in the organization of the Odessa massacre. Paruby, chief of Ukraine’s Security Council Valentin Nalivaichenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov refused to talk with the commission’s members.

The report, according to the media, lacked evidence of numerous witnesses about involvement in the riots of about 500 radicals of the Kiev’ Maidan who had been accommodated in Odessa with the help of the region’s governor, Vladimir Nemirovsky.

The final report did not mention the names of the leader of the Odessa branch of the Udar party, Andrei Yusov and other local “maidan” leaders, who instigated radical nationalists to set ablaze a tent camp of pro-federalism activists and the House of Trade Unions.

A number of amendments, journalists claimed, had been made to put the blame for the May tragedy on “pro-Russian activists.”

According to the final report, it is impossible to arrive at an objective conclusion about the causes of the death of 48 people in Odessa on May 2 due to the lack of state-of-the-art equipment. The only conclusion of the lawmakers was that after the camp of federalization activists had been set on fire, they tried to find shelter in the House of Trade Unions that was also set ablaze. As many as 48 people were killed in the fire - seven women and 41 men. Forensic examination revealed that nine people had died from carbon monoxide intoxication, 13 had died from combustion gas intoxication, 12 had died from burns, eight had died from injuries as they jumped out of windows, and six had died from gun wounds. One of those killed in the House of Trade Unions has not yet been identified.

Unrest in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa started on May 2, when football fans from the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv marched along city streets with Right Sector radicals and supporters from Kiev's Maidan Self-Defense Force. Clashes broke out between them and activists seeking a referendum on the issue of Ukrainian federalisation and Russian's official status as a state language. At least 48 people died and more than 200 were injured in clashes in Odessa after radicals set ablaze the regional House of Trade Unions, where pro-federalisation activists had taken refuge, and a tent camp near it where they had been collecting signatures in support of the referendum.

Maidan is the name for downtown Kiev's Independence Square, which is the symbol of Ukrainian protests. The words “Maidan” and “Euromaidan” are used as a collective name for anti-government protests in Ukraine that started when President Viktor Yanukoviyh refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union last year to study the deal more thoroughly.

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