The Russian Foreign Ministry has again called on the OSCE and the Council of Europe to push Kiev to investigate the tragic events in Odessa. On May 2, 2014, 48 people were killed by Ukrainian nationalists.
The Russian Foreign Ministry once again asked the OSCE and the Council of Europe on May 2 to urge Kiev to investigate the massacre committed in Odessa seven years ago to the day in the House of unions.
On May 2, 2014, 48 people opposing the coup that had ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from power a few months earlier died in the arson attack on the Odessa Trade Union House, which had also caused more than 200 wounded. Pursued by radical nationalists, supporters of the Maidan, these people were forced to take refuge in the building. Under the eyes of an impassive police, the nationalists then prevented them from leaving the building in the grip of the flames, in particular by throwing Molotov cocktails at them. The majority were burned alive. The images of a rare violence, on which we saw people jump out of the windows and come crashing down below, however had only a very weak echo in the press and the Western chancelleries.
Those who tried to escape were killed on the spot
“May 2 marks the seventh anniversary of the tragic events in Odessa. Young fascist Ukrainians took revenge in the blood of those who opposed the Maidan coup, the policies of the new authorities and the outburst of aggressive nationalism. People forced to take refuge in the Trade Union House were burned alive. Those who tried to escape were killed on the spot. In fact, Odessa repeated the fate of Khatyn [village rasé par les nazis] in Belarus in 1943 ”, recalled the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Moscow stresses that this crime, “like many other actions of Ukrainian neo-Nazis”, has still not been investigated, contrary to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s campaign promises to this effect.
In 2019, a UN report pointed to Kiev’s disinterest
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said that the Council of Europe “is closing[ait] eyes on the lack of any progress of the investigation ”. In addition, the presence on the ground for seven years of the Special OSCE Observation Mission in Ukraine (MSO) has, according to her, brought no results, the mission not being “in a position to give an account. made clear […] concerning the investigation into the Odessa tragedy ”.
In a 2019 report, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine established that the responsibility of the Ukrainian authorities was clearly engaged in the tragedy, and pointed to the fact that Kiev had failed to do so. necessary for prompt, independent and impartial investigations to be carried out.
“The bloody Odessa massacre and other crimes committed by radical nationalists must not lead to the impunity of their organizers and executioners, who must receive the punishment they deserve,” Moscow declared on May 2.