domingo, 4 de maio de 2014

Kiev and Moscow trade accusations over violence in Odessa

The port city of Odessa, in southern Ukraine, is in mourning. Here died, on Christmas Eve, more than 40 people, most of them in a fire of criminal origin.

The victims, pró-russos separatists, had taken refuge in a building in the city after they attacked a demonstration in favor of the Government in Kiev.

The episode is already regarded as the bloodiest in Ukraine since late February.

The Ukrainian Government decreed two days of national mourning and fired the head of regional police.

Kiev accuses Moscow of being behind the wave of violence in the city.

"Provocations and clashes that occurred in the city of Odessa to 02 May and which caused dozens of casualties are the result of external interference. These activities are financed by groups close to Viktor Ianukovich and by the Russian Federation "refers to Kateryna Kosareva, spokeswoman of the Ukrainian security services.

Moscow strikes back by Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian head of State: "on the origin of tragedy in Odessa are nationalist and radical groups with permission from Kiev to burn unarmed people. The authorities in Kiev are not only responsible for what happened, but also accomplices. "

More than 200 people managed to escape alive. About 40 died intoxicated, other when the building was shot trying to escape.

Dozens remain hospitalized.

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