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Peope in the Ukrainian port of Odessa remember victims who died during clashes a year ago


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Peope in the Ukrainian port of Odessa remember victims who died during clashes a year ago

Separate ceremonies were held in the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday for over 50 victims of clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists on May 2 last year.

The confrontations led to a fire in a trade union building that killed 42 people, mainly pro-Russian. Another six were killed in clashes in the streets around the building.

No one has since been held to account by the Ukrainian authorities for the events that led to the fire.

“Unfortunately most of the active organisers of these events have avoided punishment,” said Tatiana Gerasimova of the May 2 Group. “They are located either in the Crimea, or in Donetsk or Moscow and shamelessly trying to teach us how we must live, talking about the benefits of a federal Ukraine.”

A separate ceremony was held to remember Ukrainians killed while demonstrating for national unity.

Because tensions still run high in Odessa there was a heavy police presence in the city on Saturday. Up to 3000 agents were on duty.

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