Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to find and prosecute the perpetrators
On the day of the 6th anniversary of the tragic events in Odessa, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry expresses regret about the hypocrisy of the Russian propaganda, which continues to use this tragedy to foment hostility and hate.
This is stated in the press service of the Ministry reported on Saturday.
“The events of 2 may 2014 in Odessa became yet another element in the chain of provocations of the Russian Federation in the framework of the implementation failure of the project “new Russia” aimed at destabilizing the East and South and the disintegration of Ukraine. In Odessa extremist forces acted according to the similar scenario that has already been implemented by the Russian curators in the Donbas – the proclamation of the fake “people’s Republic” with rioting with a weapon using imported fighters, intimidation of local activists, paralysis of local authorities and power structures”, – stated in the message.
The foreign Ministry noted that on may 2 was to be the decisive day in the implementation of these plans. The attack armed and equipped extremists under the Russian flag in a peaceful demonstration for the unity of Ukraine became the trigger for further developments and led to the first victims.
“It is noteworthy that the Russian side in their statements about the events in Odessa never mentions the bloody events in the city centre that preceded the fire at the trade unions Building. Also not mentioned findings of internal fires in the Building trade unions, and rescue locked in fire the House of trade unions by the demonstrators for the unity of Ukraine”, – stated in the message.
The Ministry said that the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to find and prosecute those responsible for crimes of individuals. the results of the investigations in criminal proceedings on the facts of the events in Odessa on 2 may 2014 the court directed 37 indictments. In respect of 3 individuals, the courts handed down convictions. The state Bureau of investigation is implementing a separate pre-trial investigation in criminal proceedings on the possible involvement of Russian secret services to the organization of riots in Odessa.
“The only party that clearly has no interest in establishing an objective picture of the tragic events in Odessa and the reasons that led to the tragedy, is Russia. Moscow is not only hid one of the main defendants of the investigation, the former Deputy chief GU MVD of Odessa region Dmitry Fuchedzhi, but, according to available information, was granted citizenship of the Russian Federation and under this pretext, Ukraine refused to extradite him,” said the Minister.
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In addition, in the framework of the negotiations for the mutual release of detained persons in September – December 2019 Russia insisted on extradition of at least 9 people who took direct or indirect part in the organization of mass riots in Odessa under Russian flags.
The foreign Ministry called on the international community to further joint efforts to counter Russian propaganda and disinformation, which are an important element of Russian aggression and destabilizing actions against Ukraine and other democratic States.
We will remind, on may 2, 2014 in Odessa as a result of mass riots killed 46 people, injured about 300.
Clashes broke out in the city centre, where he was shot and killed several Pro-Ukrainian-minded people. Then the epicenter of events moved to Kulikovo field where the tent town of supporters of the separatists. The tent caught fire, the fire started in the House of trade unions, which also killed people.
The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that on may 2, 2014 became a tragic day in the history of Odessa and expressed sympathy to the families of the victims.