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Forensic medical experts complete identification of fire victims in Odessa

May 06, 3:00 updated at: May 06, 4:35 UTC+4

Five people were shot dead, eight died when they fell from a height in an attempt to escape fire and those who pursued them, and 24 people died from burns and carbon monoxide poisoning


ODESSA, May 06 /ITAR-TASS/. The southern Ukrainian city of Odessa will continue burying those who died in a fire in the regional Trade Unions House set ablaze by radicals a few days ago. Funerals that started on Monday were suspended because Odessa forensic medical experts needed extra time to finish the identification of 37 victims, whose bodies were found in burnt-out offices inside the building, and determine the cause of their death.

According to officially published data, five people were shot dead, eight died when they fell from a height in an attempt to escape fire and those who pursued them, and 24 people died from burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. The death toll includes six women. Those who died were aged 18-62.

MP Oleg Tsaryov and a number of other Ukrainian politicians have already told journalists that the authorities deliberately understated the death count in fear of popular unrest. Local media said, with reference to unnamed law enforcers and forensic medical experts, that 72 or even 116 were killed.

The reports make the atmosphere in the city even tenser. The authorities have reinforced the protection of strategic facilities, canceled all mass events scheduled for Victory Day and taken other measures.

The parents of schoolchildren were told not to let their children go outside in the evening and teach them not to lift unknown objects from the ground.

Riots started in Odessa on May 2 after soccer fans who came from the city of Kharkov, as well as Right Sector far-right ultranationalist movement radicals and so-called “Maidan self-defense” representatives from Kiev organized a march along city streets that resulted in clashes with federalization supporters.

As a result, radicals set ablaze the Trade Unions House, where their opponents hid, and a tent camp where activists were collecting signatures for a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization and for the status of a state language for Ukrainian. The authorities said the clashes and fire left 46 people dead; more than 200 sought medical assistance.


Ukraine saw a coup in February after months of anti-government protests. New people were propelled to power amid riots as President Viktor Yanukovich had to leave Ukraine citing security concerns. Russia does not recognize the de facto Ukrainian authorities, who appear unable to restrain radicals and ultranationalists.

The Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, held a referendum March 16 in which it overwhelmingly voted to secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia. The accession deal with Moscow was signed March 18.

After Crimea’s reunification with Russia, protests against the new Ukrainian authorities in Kiev erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking southeastern regions, with demonstrators demanding referendums on the country’s federalization and taking control of some government buildings.

Kiev has been conducting an antiterrorism operation in eastern Ukraine apparently aimed to clamp down on federalization supporters. Russia has condemned the operation.

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Thank you, Douglas.

The above reminds me of watching the riots in kiev on the continuous live streams online, day after day (night to europe) during the riots that led to the coup. For some time I wasn't sure what position to take.
When I saw the fascist salutes, emblems, heard the discordant* 'drumming' by and flags hoisted by the people who were throwing molotovs and rocks at the very stoic police facing them day after day it became clearer and clearer that the wests media were not telling the truth as the next days headlines (in the west) repeatedly told a different story of a repressive regime oppressing peaceful demonstrators. Stories started to filter through about the fascists brutalities against civilians. It seems to me that moderate ukrainians were being marginalised by the fascists through beatings and intimidation and while many were rightly concerned about corruption and hard living conditions their aspirations were being and have been completely suppressed by a far worse regime that the violent actions of the day ushered in. IOW in the end it was a reactionary coup and not a radical popular revolution at all. The composition of the coup appointed junta further supports this pov.
The following defensive posture by those who choose not to accept this coup and them being branded terrorists and are now under attack by that junta using disaffected lumpens in martialed national guard units in this repression further creates a situation, while lauded by some western 'leaders' and news commentators, in fact introduces a further far more insidious dynamic.
These people have no compunction about killing and they are being taught to do so in a disciplined fashion while lauded by 'cookie diplomats'.
The junta shows no sign of protecting the population of ukraine from these gangs further indicating that they and their sponsors are indeed fascists, or at least fascist sympathisers, who are just as bad, or arguably worse. A bit like the alliance between Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Bush et al and such as the America First'ers and Adolph Hitler.
That large regions of ukraine reject the junta is of no surprise nor is the attack on them by the junta.
The MSM can clearly be seen as complicit. A stark reminder to all.

*fascists are notorious 'left brainers'**, no creativity, just primitive control freaks. (see the brain and its plasticity** as a balance between left and right hemispheres.)

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Odessa tragedy ‘fascism in action’ - Lavrov
Published time: May 07, 2014 06:32

What took place in Odessa on May 2 is "typical fascism" and "we will pursue the truth", Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said at a ceremony commemorating the fallen heroes of WWIII at the Ministry on Wednesday.

Russia will not permit the events to be "swept under the rug", the foreign minister continued. In his view, all witness accounts point to how the scale of the tragedy has been greatly under-reported.


Russias' position on this matter is correct.

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ODESSA, May 7. /ITAR-TASS/. Deputy chief of regional Interior Ministry department Dmitry Fuchedzhi has been detained in Odessa on Wednesday. He is accused of nonfeasance during the May 2 riots. He is also held responsible for releasing federalization supporters that were detained in the Hoise of trade unions.

“In the nearest time, there will be some another high profile detentions in Odessa,” Ivan Katerinchuk, the newly appointed chief of Odessa regional Interior Ministry department, commented on Fuchedzhi’s arrest. He added that the case in hand is “bandits disguised as Right Sector and Maidan self-defense activists”.

Oleh Makhnitskyi, acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine, also claimed about the implication of the police in the Odessa events. “We can say that this was a staged action. And we can talk not only about the nonfeasance of the police, but about its implication,” he told journalists.

What happened in Odessa

According to local authorities, as a result of unrest and a fire in Odessa, 46 people died and over 200 sought medical aid on May 2. Unrest in Odessa started Friday afternoon after a mass brawl on the Grecheskaya Street. The fight was started by football fans, who came from Kharkiv, Right Sector activists, as well as Maidan self-defense forces from Kiev that intended to stage a march on the streets of Odessa. They triggered clashes with Ukraine’s federalization supporters.

The radicals set on afire a tent camp on the Kulikovo Field, where signatures for holding a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization and the status of Russian language were collected. People from the tent camp hid in the House of trade unions, where the fire broke out.

According to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, the house was set on fire by activists who occupied the building. However, multiple video recordings from the site of the incident and eyewitnesses point to the fact that the fire broke out after bottles with flame liquid were thrown at the building.

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there have been many developments. There have been various disturbing witness accounts about stranglings and beatings and gas. There are curious burn patterns suggesting deliberate burns to impede identification and perhaps to mask cause.

Russia continues to push for an investigation. ...

KIEV, May 19 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian investigators have discovered traces of chloroform in garbage and ashes removed from the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, the site of a fire where dozens of activists died on May 2, acting Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister Vitaliy Sakal said Monday.

“There is an expert conclusion that in the garbage and ashes, where there were already around 30 investigations held on the premises; a like substance of chloroform was discovered. It is used during surgeries, but how it ended up in the Professional Union Building is currently being investigated,” Sakal said during a press conference.

He said that inhaling large amounts of the substance leads to respiratory arrest, which is what happened during the fire, in which 32 people died from an unknown substance, not extreme temperatures.

Clashes in Odessa broke out on May 2, between pro-federalization activists on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, joined by Euromaidan activists.

Pro-Kiev radicals joined by Right Sector militia blocked the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire by hurling Molotov cocktails inside. Those trapped inside had little chance of extinguishing the blaze, as fire hoses in the building were out of order.

Six died of bullet wounds, 32 suffocated, and 10 fell to their death by jumping through the windows of the burning building. Another 214 were injured. According to some information, another 48 are reported to be missing.

No plausible explanation has been offered for the fact that many of those who died did not try to take refuge on upper floors or the roof, prompting rumors that they were poisoned by an unknown chemical.

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ODESSA, May 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Court has placed under house arrest Serhiy Khodiak who is suspected of rifle shooting at police, demonstrators and by-passers at riots staged in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa on May 2. Then 48 people died, moreover, six of them were shot from a hunting rifle. Photo and video materials were made public in Odessa media that possibly point to Khodiak being the shooter.

Lootings have broken out from a march which Right Sector far-right extremists and radicals from the so-called Maidan self-defense forces who came from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, staged together with football fans from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. They set on fire a tent camp which was collecting signatures for a referendum on Ukrainian federalization and granting a state language status to the Russian language. Activists from the tent camp took a shelter at the House of Trade Unions which was set on fire by attackers.

Forty-eight people died and 247 were wounded in riots. Several Ukrainian politicians stated that Kiev authorities understated the number of fatalities which may be up to 116.

Last week Odessa regional council banned illegal armed units from staying in the region. “Radicals should not stay in the city streets, this is my attitude to the Right Sector,” Governor Ihor Palitsa said.

Dismissed Odessa police chief Petro Lutsyuk also demanded that Right Sector gunmen be removed from Odessa. “There are many uncontrollable people in Kiev, and it was decided to send these units to Odessa. We do not need them. They create an unstable situation,” he said.

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Analysis Novorossia
The second of May. Odessa. Many questions? And I will add more!
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So what happened on May 2 in Odessa? How gas poisoned people? Many questions? Now there will be more, and they are obliged to respond to the Security Service and the Prosecutor's Office.

On the second day it was known that persons poisoned by chlorine. This is reflected in the record of finding the Bereaved and determine the cause of their death on May 2 in the House of Unions. This protocol is, it exists. There and in the SBU and the Prosecutor's Office. Further questions.

1. Why, given the full extent of the carnage, he still has not been published? That for such secrecy? Killed not secret, and paper confirming all killings make a secret? Why protocol does not provide any of the commissions?

2. Why hide the real number of those killed in that terrible day?

3. Why neither prosecutors nor SBU did not tell people what happened in the basement of the House of Trade Unions?

4. Why all the doors to the basement soldered "tightly"? Tightly - so that you can open them now only using the welding machine, and that not everyone will do. Thick metal, and top - model embedded in the wall?

5. Why nowhere announced that the House of Trade Unions basement, he's a bomb shelter, has seven floors?

6. Why not announce what happened in the basement of the worst, 50 people were shot? All the people were killed by firearms! The lowest floor was shot 36 people. The rest - the 3rd and 4th floor. May resist on the way down to hell ... Journalists saw only the first floor. Elevator shafts immediately burned. Goes from the basement tunnel. All this is clearly visible within the building. There are the names of all the victims, personality set.

A source said: you begin to see clearly when you learn the truth. Pay attention to the names. When everything becomes known, people's hair stand on end. Demand protocol. It must provide to the public. Too resonant case. There is information that they're still there. Dead in the lobby of the building and on the floors of the building doused molotov cocktails and torched. Chlorine - a specific gas. On persons killed would determine instantly that this is chlorine (selection "porridge" from the mouth and nose). Pre-prepared version of carbon monoxide poisoning. Type of fire.

Thus, in the House of Trade Unions was not just a random killing people angered fans and planned the massacre, which was prepared by more than one day. Who would want to destroy more than a hundred people? Have questions. Keep silent not work. Protocol is, when he will be in our hands, it's time. Will be little room for people in uniform.

Irina Gerashchenko
Source: IA REX www.iarex.ru
Central News Agency Novorossia

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People across Europe held protests in memory of the May 2 tragedy in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, in which nearly 50 anti-government activists died in a building set ablaze by radicals. Hundreds in Odessa decried the lack of justice for the victims.

READ MORE: 38 minutes late: Report reveals firefighters' delayed response to deadly Odessa blaze

Marches and pickets took place across major European cities, including Riga, London, Berlin, Rome, Dublin, Zurich, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, and Lisbon.

Tragic Anniversary, 4 months from the: Odessa Massacre Still no justice http://t.co/ns99hDJaD3 #Odessapic.twitter.com/CYCACii7LK

— Robin Monotti (@robinmonotti) September 1, 2014

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Internet literally exploded appearance first record, and then the video recording of how a terrible day May 2 rescue service in Odessa for almost 40 minutes ignored pleas for help from those who burned alive in the House of Trade Unions. How do I find bloggers dispatcher that day fateful day was captain of Civil Defence Svetlana Koeva. Do you agree with the fact that this woman - the hero of the tragedy?

On the record clearly audible that Koeva in response to dozens of panic calls about the fire, assured the people that nothing they believe their own eyes, that supposedly burns in the open, that's okay ...

Terrible record was originally published online edition "Dumskaya.net."

As the authors of the publication, the first call about the fire entered the room 101 at 19.35, when the radicals set fire to the camp on the Kulikovo field. However Koeva refused to send back fire brigades, citing the fact that "burning in the open, nothing threatening."

Ten minutes later, at 19:45 showered panic calls, that is already burning himself House of Trade Unions, but manager still refused to take action.

The first fire brigade was sent to the scene of the tragedy only at 19:56 - almost half an hour after the first reports of a fire on the Kulikovo field.

Ladder to the burning building only sent at 20:08, that is, after 36 minutes after the first call. Thus, for nearly 40 minutes rescue service in the face of the controller operational focal point GSCHS Svetlana kojic actually not taken adequate measures to rescue dozens of people.

Here are some replica terrified citizens of Odessa, who reported kojic fire, and her answers:

- The first floor is lit fire to the door bastards!

- There's only a tent, but they do not threaten anything.

- The building is lit, the windows inside the burn!

- Dana team. There's nothing threatening, there's just burning tires.

- There is lit House of Trade Unions!

- No, there is not lit House of Trade Unions.

- Are you going to drive? There is already building Unions lit, everything inside is burning inside people!

At this point Koeva hangs up, and then rejects dozens of calls.

- Goes machine, - she says one of the calls when the fire is already blazing brightly.

- Just one? !! There are children!

- What are the children?

- Women and children, their maydanyne it locked!

- A neighbor called, said she was in the building, she says, we're burning alive!

- You tell me her phone number.

- Wait, now, I shock hands are shaking ...

- You will find - then call back.

- Have found, I am afraid I did not get through to you: 067-487-xx-xx, name is Olga

/ I would like to know whether it was possible to survive this Ole ... /

- There's my mom, they suffocate!

- With what they hand?

- From what you side, Mommy? They do not know ...

And so on. D.

And here is what about Svetlana kojic a year before the tragedy edition "Evening Odessa":

"At first, Svetlana, as she says, it was scary to take responsibility: taking a message, send the call fire rescue units. "Over time, you get used to this stress: my job - helping people. Of course, worry, and for the guys who put out the fire (I will keep in touch with them), and for those whom they save, "- says Svetlana."

Now this page "Evening Odessa" is full of such comments:

"I do not Is this the lady who refused to send fire engines when burning house unions in Odessa and the people in it? Heard these terrible record of negotiations. Pulled as she could, asking unnecessary questions, please call or hung up, or lied. People jumped, suffocated, burned. How would she live? "

"Probably coming to its remote calls in the evening May 2, 2014 will be her dream is still very, very long time ..."

"The fault of kojic killed about 300 people on the Kulikovo field in the hero-city of Odessa, she could help these people, but did not. Her work - not to help people, and cynically throw them to die in a difficult situation, shouting to understand ... "

"I hope that Svetlana would not such a case, it calls for half an hour to save the family, and ignore it."

According to the materials prepared by the Internet
Tatiana Dobrodeeva.
Central News Agency Novorossia

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Anti-fascists massacred in Odessa to be remembered, honored

By Greg Butterfield on October 23, 2014

November 2 marks six months since the horrific massacre of at least 48 anti-fascist activists and trade unionists in Odessa, Ukraine.

On May 2, neo-Nazi gangs directed by the U.S.-backed Kiev junta attacked an Occupy-style protest encampment in the multinational port city of Odessa. After the fascists set fire to the camp on Kulikovo Field, activists fled to the nearby House of Trade Unions.

Pro-coup goons set fire to the building and shot at people through the windows. Many who fled from the burning building were beaten to death by the fascists.

Although the massacre was videoed and many of the culprits plainly identified, none have been brought to justice. Meek “official” inquiries have been stonewalled by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and police agencies.

On the six-month anniversary, activists around the world will remember this crime and honor the victims with memorials, rallies, meetings and photo exhibits.

In New York, the International Action Center has called for a protest at the U.S. military recruiting station in Times Square on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., to remember the murdered anti-fascists. Participants will tell Washington, Kiev and the corporate media to stop the cover-up of those responsible for the massacre.

The demands of the protest include: an independent investigation of the massacre and those responsible; autonomy and self-determination for Odessa and all of southeast Ukraine; stop U.S. money and weapons to the Kiev dictatorship; stop the war against the people of Donetsk and Lugansk; end NATO expansion, military threats and sanctions against Russia; and freedom for Odessa activists Vlad Wojciechowski and Nikolai Popov and all political prisoners.

Odessa survivor remembers

Odessa Regional Council Deputy Alexei Albu is a survivor of the May 2 massacre. A member of socialist Union Borotba (Struggle), he now lives in exile in Crimea, where he was forced to flee under threat of arrest following the neo-Nazi attack. Albu is a co-founder of the Committee to Liberate Odessa and the investigative website 2May.org.

Albu recently spoke with the newspaper Mirror of Crimea about his experiences. He recalled: “I came to the Kulikovo Field an hour before the attack. There were about 200 people, among them many of the older generation. After some time, a small group returned from [a confrontation with the neo-Nazis on] Greek Street, including my friend Andrew Brazhevsky. That was the last time I saw him alive; he later jumped from a window of the burning House of Trade Unions and was killed by the fascists.

“When we were attacked,” said Albu, “the Kulikovo activists decided to take refuge in the building. … I was one of the last who went in, when the attackers started shooting. Inside, people built a barricade of furniture. Nobody expected that a massacre would begin. We thought there would be a fight, mayhem or something like that, but not mass burning and shooting.

“I was on the second floor above the entrance and felt a suffocating smell [from tear gas]. That’s the last time I saw 17-year-old communist youth Vadim Papura, who was killed after he came down from the second floor. He, too, was finished off by the Nazis on the ground. He did not die from the fall, as the officials say.”

Albu remembered: “From the first floor someone shouted that the fascists had already made their way into the building, which started a panic. Many ran upstairs. I had previously been in the House of Trade Unions and knew some of its corridors. I realized that the roof was a dead end, and if there was a large fire, it was unlikely we could escape from there.

“I called out to those who were close to me, and we ran to the right, going down the stairs. We saw that the door leading to the courtyard had almost been knocked down by the ultra-nationalists. We began to retreat to the second floor, encountering a few more of our people along the way.”

Albu continued: “Our people climbed out through a window. I tried to swing, to distract the Nazis to buy a little time for the others. When there were only three or four left, people could no longer wait for their turn on the ladder, so we just climbed out of the window past the air conditioners and jumped into the yard.

“We were led out into the street from the courtyard, conducted through a corridor of police. The fascists constantly broke through and bashed us with whatever was handy: chains, pipes, fittings, rods, barbed wire. I fell under the feet of the police and began crawling on all fours. Someone jumped on me and sank his teeth into my left leg.

“I’m sure there were a lot more killed than the official number,” said Albu. “The mother of one of my dead comrades told me that in the morgue she was shown more than 60 bodies.

“A week after the tragedy at the House of Trade Unions, I had to leave Odessa when it became known that my arrest had been ordered,” Albu stated.

“We are trying to conduct an independent investigation, but because the Security Service of Ukraine and Interior Ministry are completely secretive about it, we are forced to work with what is in the public domain and occasional leaks.

“All parliamentary inquiries into the case of May 2 have met with no response. This again suggests that the massacre in Odessa was organized with the help of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and their senior management,” concluded Albu.

Also see:

  1. Activists freed in Odessa; Peoples power declared
  2. Ukraine: Coup regime raids home of Odessa anti-fascist leader
  3. GUILTY: Washington, Kiev responsible for Odessa massacre
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In the Network published a list of the curators of the Nazi scum, rampaging in Odessa May 2, 2014.

For coordinating and directly participated in massacres of unarmed residents of Odessa, these people (if you can call it!) ... Earned one thousand Ukrainian hryvnia.

List of published information and analysis offices in Odessa and the region on the basis of data provided by the detachment of the Odessa Soprotivlencheskoy Army (OSA) New Russia.


Clarifies that this is only one of the lists of commanders orders. And the one that is directly subordinate to the bloody killer known as "Mykola centurion."


Farim Michael - 1000 UAH. received (signature); passport - MT 209734, tel (067) 739-08-29;
Shulim Vyacheslav - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Mukovoz Oksana - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Mistryants Nicholas - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Goyda Nicholas Tarasovich - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Kotsyurzhinsky Oleg - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Godovanets Vladimir - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Peschalnikov Sergey - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Savosh Andrei Petrovich - 1000 UAH. received (signature); passport - AIO 099 209, Tel. (093) 500-76-89;
Kyrylyuk Olka V. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Lesnichenko Natalia Stanislavovna - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Katsyuba Ivan O. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Viktor Klimenko - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Talalay Stepan Anatoliyovych - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Alexander Litvin - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Stukalov Alexander - 1000 UAH. received (signature); passport - HF 198 896;
Dzyubko Vladimir I. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Alexander F. Litvin - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Evgeny Pogorelov - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Koshelev Elena G. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Timpanyuk Vasily Mikhailovich - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Peter Cybulski Marjanovic - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Nowacki Andrey V. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Semeniuk Yuri Nikolaevich - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Igor Popov - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Pisarenok Andrey - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Leontєv Alexander - 1000 UAH. received (signature), tel. (095) 378-86-42;
Demura Sergei Andreyevich - 1000 UAH. received (signed) passport - ЄV 034 602, Tel. (097) 908-21-90;
Kondratenko Oleg Viktorovich - 1000 UAH. received (signed) passport - ЄV 075 509, Tel. (093) 500-76-89;
Emeralds Igor S. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Kreutz William Andronovich - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Matsibora Vladimir Y. - 1000 UAH. otrimav (pіdpis) passport - NA 811 889, Tel. (067) 739-08-29;
Danіsh Kolmogorov - 1000 UAH. received (signed) passport - ST 313 969, Tel. (067) 739-08-29;
Izzy - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Valek - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Andreshkiv Vladimir Stepanovich - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Gotsul Sr. - 1000 UAH. received (signature);
Zenisko Vyacheslav (Roma) - 1000 UAH.


Tatiana Dobrodeeva.
Central News Agency Novorossia

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wwlogo_5march2014.jpg Community-labor resolution: Stand with Odessa!

By Workers World staff on October 31, 2014

Workers World received this resolution, initiated by the International Action Center.

Join Ramsey Clark, José María Sison, Cindy Sheehan, Banda Bassotti, Marcha Patriótica and hundreds more.

Stop the cover-up of the Odessa massacre of trade unionists and anti-fascist activists!

Stop the U.S. Expansion of NATO!

Whereas, on May 2, 2014, at least 48 people were massacred by neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa;

And, whereas those killed were anti-fascist and opposition activists, as well as trade unionists who opened the doors of the headquarters to offer protection;

And, whereas the House of Trade Unions was set ablaze by fascists who surrounded the building, destroying the labor headquarters;

And, whereas the culprits of the massacre, though clearly identifiable in numerous videos and photos of the events, have been sheltered by the government in Kiev, which came to power through a U.S.-backed coup and has received billions of dollars in direct and indirect aid from Washington;

And, whereas the survivors of the massacre have been criminalized, forced into exile in fear of their lives or imprisoned by the Ukrainian regime;

And, whereas the U.S. government and U.S. corporate media have aided Kiev in covering up the truth about the May 2 massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions, while continuing to misrepresent the anti-fascist struggle in Ukraine and the independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and imposing sanctions and threatening war against Russia;

And, whereas the crisis in Ukraine is the result of the U.S. drive to expand NATO on Russia’s borders far beyond its original membership, through a U.S.-supported coup and the funding of right-wing and fascist groups in the Ukraine;

Be it resolved,

We honor the labor and anti-fascist activists who died in Odessa on May 2, 2014, and will make their sacrifice known throughout our unions and communities;

We demand that the government in Kiev, our elected officials in Washington and the big-business media stop the cover-up of what happened in Odessa on May 2 and engage in truthful reporting on the civil war in Ukraine, the involvement of open fascists in the Kiev government and the underlying U.S. goal of NATO expansion;

We further demand that the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress immediately halt all financial and military aid to the Ukrainian junta, stop NATO military expansion in Europe, and restore food assistance and other desperately needed social programs for our communities.

Sign the statement here: tinyurl.com/oueoq7t

Partial list of signers (in formation) Oct. 30, 2014

  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
  • José María Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
  • Cindy Sheehan, anti-war activist, Director, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
  • Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire
  • B. Ross Ashley, Vice President, Toronto-St. Paul’s New Democratic Party*, Ontario, Canada
  • William Camacaro, Coordinator, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York
  • John Catalinotto, Managing Editor, Workers World newspaper
  • Ed Childs, Chief Steward, UNITE HERE Local 26*, Mass.
  • Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, Bayan USA
  • Mary Lou Finley, San Diego County Co-Chair, Peace and Freedom Party*
  • Sara Flounders, Co-director, International Action Center
  • Steven Gillis, Vice President, Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union, Steelworkers Local 8751*
  • Martha Grevatt, Civil & Human Rights Committee, United Auto Workers Local 869*
  • Paul Harris, Editor, Axis of Logic
  • Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly Movement
  • Joe Iosbaker, Executive Board, SEIU Local 73*, Ill.
  • Mick Kelly, Editor, Fight Back! News
  • Steve Kirschbaum, Grievance Chair, Boston School Bus Drivers, Steelworkers Local 8751*
  • Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)*
  • Rev. F. Mark Mealing, Anglican Church of Canada*
  • Lucha Rodriguez, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
  • Margaret Sarfehjooy, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
  • Waltraud Schauer, Women in Black*, Vienna, Austria
  • Gerry Scoppettuolo, Co-founder, Gay and Lesbian Labor Activist Network / Pride at Work, AFL-CIO*
  • David Sole, former President, United Auto Workers Local 2334*, Detroit
  • David Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council *
  • Phil Wilayto, Editor, The Virginia Defender
  • Organizations:
  • Banda Bassotti
  • Comité de apoyo a la Ucrania Antifascista de Madrid, Spain
  • FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
  • Fuerza Mundial
  • International Action Center
  • Juventud Comunista del Perú (Patria Roja)
  • Marcha Patriótica, Colombia
  • Mütter gegen den Krieg (Mothers Against War) Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
  • Parents to Improve School Transportation, New York
  • Party of Communists, U.S.A.
  • Peoples Video Network
  • Russian & American Goodwill Association
  • Solidarité Novorossia, Paris
  • Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee, U.S.
  • Team Solidarity – the Voice of United School Bus Workers, Boston
  • U.S. Friends of the Soviet People
  • Workers World Party

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In New York, join us on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. in Times Square to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the Odessa massacre. Facebook event: tinyurl.com/mbmkl9h



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New York protest says, ‘Odessa, Donbass, we are with you’

By Workers World staff on November 7, 2014

New York protest remembers Odessa’s martyrs.

WW photo: Greg Butterfield

A sudden cold snap and whipping winds couldn’t keep fired-up activists from protesting at the U.S. military recruitment center in Times Square on Nov. 2 to demand, “U.S. out of Ukraine!”

They came to remember the anti-fascists massacred by neo-Nazis at Odessa’s House of Trade Unions six months before, and to stand in solidarity with the Donbass People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk on the day of their first elections since declaring independence from Ukraine.

Protesters called for an independent investigation of the Odessa massacre, an immediate halt to direct and indirect U.S. aid to the Kiev government of oligarchs and neo-Nazis, and an end to NATO expansion aimed at destabilizing Russia.

Officially, 48 people are said to have died on May 2, when fascist gangs bused into the multinational port city of Odessa attacked a protest camp set up by opponents of the U.S.-backed coup in Kiev. Armed neo-Nazis chased activists into the House of Trade Unions, and then set the building on fire. They shot people through the windows and beat to death others trying to flee the inferno.

Odessa anti-fascists believe that many more died than the official tally.

Echoing the chants of courageous mourners who earlier that day broke through police lines to reach the site of the tragedy in Odessa, the Times Square protesters chanted, “Odessa, Donbass, we are with you!”

Despite the sharp winds, passersby took leaflets and many stopped to listen to speakers.

Greg Butterfield, coordinator of the Ukraine Antifascist Solidarity Committee of the International Action Center, said: “We demand to know what the U.S. role was in the Odessa massacre. Both Democrats and Republicans in Washington have been deeply involved in every aspect of the far-right coup in Ukraine and the war against the people of Novorossiya,” as the union of the people’s republics is known.

“Just like in Ferguson after the police murder of Mike Brown, in Odessa the guilty have been protected while the survivors of the massacre are repressed,” Butterfield said.

“After Congress and President Obama agreed to cut almost $10 billion in food assistance to hungry families here, the U.S. turned around and pledged $10 billion in loans to the junta in Ukraine. There is a direct correlation between U.S. imperialist attacks on the people at home and abroad,” he said.

The commemoration in Times Square was a truly international event, with activist-immigrants from Central America, Iran, Pakistan, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus rallying alongside those born in the U.S. Many held signs with photos of youths who died in Odessa and other recent young victims of U.S.-backed fascism and bigotry, like Robert Serra, a Venezuelan socialist leader, and Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina.

At the end of the rally, the names of the known Odessa victims were read out. After a moment of silence, black balloons were released in honor of the anti-fascists who fell on May 2.

For more on the Odessa massacre, see Workers World’s interview with survivor Alexei Albu of Borotba: tinyurl.com/nkc9n3w

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May 2 Igor Bolyansky (closest aide of the governor of Odessa region Vladimir Nemirovsky) personally ordered "evromaydanovtsam" go to disperse crowd of Kulikovo.

Published online on the "tapping" Igor Bolyansky repeatedly calls Dmitry Gumenyuk, who directed the actions of "evromaydanovtsev" on the Greek area, and demands that he "turned the people" on the Kulikovo Field.

Then, as is well known, and the bloody events, which killed more than 40 people.

Anton Karamazov
Central News Agency Novorossia
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