Criminal case opened against ex-speaker of parliament for preraring 2014 Odesa bloody clashes

Source : 112 Ukraine

May 2, 2014, 48 people died and over 250 sustained injuries in mass unrest in Odesa
16:40, 23 September 2019

The Verkhovna Rada

The State Investigation Bureau (SIB) opened the criminal case against ex-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, MP from European Solidarity Andriy Parubiy. The mass unrest in Odesa in 2014 became the reason for the caseб as Parubiy reported on Facebook.

“The SIB opened the criminal case against me. For the organization of the defense of Odesa in spring 2014. However, in its letter, the SIB calls it “mass unrest”…The desperate countering of the Ukrainian authority and civilian society against hybrid seizure by Putin’s Russia of our south-east – eight Ukrainian regions, through the seizure of power by the pro-Russian forces in the regional centers, including Odesa, - it is qualified here as “the fact of the creation and coordination by A.V. Parubiy of the public armed groupings with the aim to commit the mass unrest on May 5, 2014 in the territory of Odesa. The SIB document states it as the fact,” Parubiy wrote.

Related: There is evidence that speaker Parubiy took part in organizing mass riots, - lawyer Portnov

He also noted that “he did everything possible to defend Ukraine”.

“As my whole life and during the years of the war. And I will continue to do it,” Parubiy added.

Facebook Andriy Parubiy

On May 2, 2014, 48 people died and over 250 sustained injuries in mass unrest in Odesa. Most of the victims died in the Trade Union House. 

On September 18, 2017, twenty participants of tragic events in Odesa on May 2, 2014, were found not guilty of organizing those clashes. The court decision triggered new clashes between activists from pro-Ukrainian organizations and law enforcers in Chornomorsk, Odesa region. 



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