MOSCOW, September 1. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov doubts that Kiev authorities will find those responsible for the Odessa tragedy. He made this statement on Tuesday at a meeting with the MGIMO University teaching staff and students.
Lavrov said that those responsible for the Maidan events that resulted in the power change in Ukraine in 2014 have not been identified and punished. "There were provocations, snipers who shoot at the Berkut special police force and at the protesters," he said.
"This story to the investigation of which a commission of the Council of Europe was admitted is still not unravelled, and honestly speaking, I doubt that the truth will be established, as in the case of those who committed atrocities in Odessa on May 2, 2014," the Russian foreign minister said. "I have very big doubts."
"At least for the Odessa crimes only those who were members of the so-called Antimaidan were arrested," Lavrov said. "And those who were shooting at the people who were trying to escape from the burning house, and this was recorded on video, they have disappeared somewhere."
On May 2 last year, radicals from the Right Sector nationalist group officially recognised as extremist and banned in Russia set fire to a tent camp in Odessa where local residents were collecting signatures for holding a referendum on Ukraine’s federalisation and granting Russian the status of a state language. The supporters of federalisation took refuge in the House of Trade Unions, but radicals surrounded the building and set it on fire killing 48 and injuring over 200 people.
The authorities conducted an investigation into these events recognising 22 people as the instigators of the clashes and unrest. Half of them are in custody, another 11 people have been placed on the wanted list.