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Investigation of Kulikovo Field tragedy is ineffective, - UN Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Head of the UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine
15:20, 2 May 2019

Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine
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The UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine considers the investigation of mass deaths during unrests in Odesa ineffective on May 2, 2014, as the Head of the mission, Fiona Frazer assures, Ukrainian News reports.

According to her, 28 out of 29 accused were separatists. At the same time, separatists and pro-Ukrainian activists participated in mass unrest.

“The investigation of mass unrest was prejudged,” Frazer said and stressed that five out of six murders in Odesa downtown which happened on May 2, 2014, are still not solved.

Death of 42 people during the fire in Trade Union House was not investigated as well.

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“Inefficiency of the investigation and absence of responsibility shows that Ukraine’s judiciary system is not perfect,” Frazer added.

She noted that several activists disrupt the court sessions on the case regularly.

As it was reported, people held mass rallies in Odesa on May 2 dedicated to the fifth anniversary the tragic events on Odesa Kulikovo Field. 

Related: UN Monitoring Mission urges Ukraine to investigate violations of civilians rights in Ilovaisk tragedy

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

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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