Saturday, May 3, 2014

Russian Envoy at UN condemns Ukraine's "Right Sector" burning people alive.

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin has vehemently condemned the attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa and has called the Western nations to join in Russia in condemning this 'barbaric act.'

"The thugs from the “Right sector” have crowded protesters into the Trade union building and burned 38 people alive" his statement said. Furthermore, he mentions that "those who jumped and survived were surrounded and beaten by the Right Sector."

"Such actions are reminiscent of the crimes of the Nazis from whom the ultranationalists derive their ideological inspiration" Churkin has further stated.

Odessa House of Trade Unions (

The incident occured yesterday when nearly 40 anti-government activists died in a fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House. Some burned to death, while others suffocated or jumped out of windows, RT reported citing a Ukrainian Interior Ministry report. The building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev radicals.

Police detained over 130 people following Friday’s bloody clashes and opened up 10 criminal investigations with charges including premeditated murder and violence against law enforcement officers.

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 majority of the victims were found on the floors of the Trade Unions House having apparently burned to death or suffocated from smoke. Others jumped out of the building's windows, according to police.

“More than 40 people were killed in Odessa on Friday, most caught in a building set on fire after pro-Russian activists and supporters of Ukrainian unity fought running battles across the southern port city,” Reuters wrote.

“Horrible with at least 38 dead in Odessa. Seems to have started with pro-Russian attempt to get control of buildings. Violence must stop!” Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. Earlier, Bildt blamed “pro-Russian thugs” for the street violence in Odessa.

Full Statement of Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:

In the course of the UN Security Council meeting which was held today, May 2 on the situation in Ukraine we were struck by the complacence of the Western members of the Security Council towards the actions, including the use of force, by the illegitimate Kiev authorities and the ultraradicals they rely on.

It is not surprising, therefore, that with this kind of backing they believe they can act with impunity.

We are profoundly disturbed by the information from the city of Odessa in Southern Ukraine that the thugs from the “Right sector” have crowded protesters into the Trade union building and burned 38 people alive.

Such actions are reminiscent of the crimes of the Nazis from whom the Ukrainian ultranationalists derive their ideological inspiration.

We expect – we demand that the western advocates of the Ukrainian authorities, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier,  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, join Russia in unequivocally condemning this barbaric act.


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