Anniversary of May 2 tragedy in Odesa: law enforcers enhance patrols

20:20, 2 May 2018

Victims of the disturbances in Odesa House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014 are commemorated today in the city on the fourth anniversary of the tragedy. People are brining flowers and light candles near the building. Around 3,000 law enforcement officers, including those of National Guard and the National Police are administering the law in Odesa.

The law enforcers checked the territory of the Kulikove Field for explosives. Police reported that the entry to the Field and Soborna Square was opened, however people should pass through filtration check points. The streets were also blocked due to these events.

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.