Early on May 2, another “anti-terrorist operation” initiated by the illegal Ukrainian government resumed in Sloviansk, a Donetsk Oblast city of 125,000 people where its residents have staged daily protests against the fascist government backed by the West. Most of the protesters are young people in their twenties, mostly Russian speakers who want more autonomy or allowed to become part of the Russian Federation. They have asked the government coup in Kiev to allowed them to have a referendum or to grant them more autonomy with no response from the interim government. The pro-Russian activists are holding administrative buildings in more than a dozen other cities in Donetsk Oblast and in Luhansk. The “anti-terrorist operation” that aims to liberate the east by killing anyone who tries to stop the Kiev’s army and snipers from the neo-Nazi Right Sector. The Kiev government is in violation of the Geneva agreement to de-escatate the situation reached by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States. Today’s blood bath will be remembered as U.S. president Obama’s legacy.
Two more Ukrainian soldiers killed near Sloviansk
May 2, 10:40 p.m. — A group of armed extremists attacked the soldiers of 95th aviation squadron of Ukrainian army in Andriyivka village near Sloviansk. As of 9:30 p.m. the fighting was on. Defense Ministry reports two soldiers killed.
At least 41 dead in clashes in Odessa
May 2, 10:20 p.m. — At least 41 people died in clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters in Odessa and another 123 were injured.
Four people were killed during the street clashes, while the rest were killed when the House of Union building was set on fire after pro-Russian protesters occupied it. Most of them died of smoke, several from jumping out of the windows, police said.
Another activist kidnapped in Horlivka
May 2, 21:35 p.m. — Basile d’Budic, a Georgian citizen and a pro-Ukrainian activist, was captured by a group of masked and armed men in Horlivka near the store at 44 Krasnoshapki Str, according to Svoboda party’s member Maja Kalnash. As she wrote on her Facebook page, d’Budic was pushed into the car and taken in the unknown direction. His whereabouts are unknown.
At least 41 anti-government activists died, dozens wounded including civilians, in fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House after suffocating with smoke or jumping out of windows of the burning building, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. The building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev’s thugs.
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Some 50 people, including 10 police officers, were also injured in the incident, the official statement said. It was not immediately clear whether those injured in Friday street clashes in Odessa were included in those numbers.
According to the ministry, the Friday standoff on Odessa included “anti-Maidan” activists on one side and “football fans” from Odessa and Kharkov, as well as “euro-Maidan” activists, on the other. A criminal case on the charges of mass unrest has been opened.
The Trade Unions House was set on fire by pro-Kiev radicals after they surrounded and destroyed the tent camp of anti-government activists that stood in front of the building on Odessa’s Kulikovo Field Square. It was torched in a storming attempt after some of the anti-Maidan activists rallying in the square barricaded themselves inside the building.
Thirty of the victims were found on the floors of the building having apparently suffocated to death with smoke. Eight more died after jumping out of the burning Trade Union House’s windows, according to police.
Earlier reports of the clashes in Odessa said that both sides used Molotov cocktails and, allegedly, gunfire. Part of the pro-Maidan activists reportedly bore insignia of the radical Right Sector group.
A live video stream from inside the building showed disturbing scenes of supposedly dead bodies lying around the rooms with thick smoke in the air and blood stains on the floor.
Most of the bodies filmed had St. George ribbons attached to their clothes, distinguishing the victims as pro-Russian or anti-Kiev activists.
The person filming said he counted up to 25 dead bodies on the upper floors alone.
As the house was engulfed in flames, photos posted on Twitter showed people hanging out of windows and sitting on windowsills of several floors, possibly preparing to jump. Reports claimed that those who jumped and survived were surrounded and beaten by football ultras and the Right Sector.
As people were dying in the burning building, some of the pro-Kiev activists jeered on Twitter that “Colorado beetles are being roasted up in Odessa,” using a derogatory term for pro-Russian activists wearing St. George’s ribbons. Few media outlets followed the developing situation, with thousands of people taking to live streams to see the events unfolding.
However, just as the first official death toll emerged, some Western media and leaders rushed to seemingly downplay the role of pro-Kiev activists in the incident and to blame their rivals instead.
“More than 41 people were killed in Odessa on Friday, most caught in a building set on fire by pro-Kiev radicals after pro-Russian activists and supporters of Ukrainian unity fought running battles across the southern port city,” Reuters wrote.
“Horrible with at least 41 dead in Odessa. is blamed on the young pro-Russian activists to get control of buildings. “