Verkhovna Rada refuses to create Skoryk-led commission to investigate May 2 tragedy in Odesa

Only 79 MPs in the session hall voted for the decision  
14:58, 30 October 2019

May 2 Tragedy in Odesa
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The Verkhovna Rada rejected the bill on the establishment of Temporary Investigation Commission (TIC) to investigate mass riots in Odesa on May 2, 2014. 79 MPs voted in favor of the decision, 32 of them are from the Servant of the People Party, whereas the faction has 252 MPs.  

112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted the session.    

It was proposed that the commission would include 18 MPs, and be headed by a representative of Opposition Platform - For Life Mykola Skoryk, and representative of the Servant of the People Oleksiy Leonov would be a deputy head.

This TIC would have been tasked with investigation of the circumstances of riots in Odesa, including investigating the reasons, finding the organizer, investigating if there was a prior conspiracy in violations during the riots, and the lawfulness of law enforcers’ actions.

During the discussion of the draft resolution, MPs criticized the candidacy of the parliamentarian from Opposition Platform - For Life Mykola Skoryk and the name of the draft resolution. Some MPs called to appoint a representative from Servant of the People as the head of TIC.

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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. 

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