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Photo exhibition in Warsaw provides evidence of Ukraine’s Odessa tragedy

The exhibition is entitled “A Katyn In Odessa” with reference to the Katyn massacre, the mass execution of Polish nationals perpetrated by the Soviet secret police in April-May 1940

WARSAW, July 11. /ITAR-TASS/. A photography exhibition devoted to tragic events in Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa, where dozens died May 2 in a fire started by Right Sector radicals and supporters from the Maidan Self-Defence Force, opened in Poland’s capital city Warsaw on Friday.

What happened in Odessa

Riots in Odessa started May 2 in the afternoon, when football fans from Kharkiv, as well as Right Sector activists and representatives of the so-called Maidan self-defense forces from Kiev staged a march on the city’s streets.

In the course of this action, clashes with Ukraine’s federalization supporters began. The radicals set on fire the regional House of trade unions and the tent camp on the Kulikovo Field square, where signatures were being collected for holding a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization and the status of Russian language.

According to official data, 46 people died and 48 people are reported missing. Many Ukrainian politicians, including lawmaker Oleh Tsariov and member of Odessa Regional Council Vadim Savenko, believe these figures are understated. They claim that there are about 116 casualties, and the authorities are keeping it back and trying to cover tracks of the tragedy.