Odesa law enforcers checked the territory of the Kulikove Field (a historical area of Odesa with the House of Trade Unions, where the May 2 tragedy happened back in 2014) for explosives and enforced patrolling due to the fourth anniversary of the tragedy in Odesa. Odesa police reported that on their Facebook page.
On their website, police reported that after the inspections the entry was opened, however it is performed with the help of filtration check points.
It is also known that the officers of the National Guard and the National Police have also enhanced their patrol missions in Odesa.
“In order to prevent public disturbances on the territory of the Kulikovo Field and its perimeter officers of the National Police and the National Guard are patrolling the venue. The entry is performed only via filtration check points,” reads the message.
“Over 2.5 thousand law enforcers are administering public order during today’s activities. All quiet now, the activities are under normal conditions, the situation center is working there. The deputy interior minister Serhiy Yarovy is at place as well. Mainly, new European practices, a Scandinavian method of enforcement of public order are implemented, anti-crises squads of the Dialogue Police are also involved, they communicate with citizens. Article screening is also performed for the citizens entering the zone of Kulikove Field,” he said.
Along with that local media report of the blocked streets due to the events in the city.
As we reported earlier, on May 2, 2014, the severest clashes took place in 2014 in Odesa. Forty-six pro-Russian protesters were killed and over 200 people were injured during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions 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.