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Odessa violence that killed over 40 part of Russia plan ‘to destroy Ukraine’, says PM

Security chief promises wider action against 'terrorists' after violence between pro-Russian forces and Ukraine's army in east of country

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 May, 2014, 7:25pm
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 8:35am

Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa's police headquarters yesterday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev said was a Russian plot to "destroy Ukraine".

The unrest in the southern port city threatened a new front in the Ukrainian government's battle against pro-Moscow militants, with an expanded military operation under way in the east against gunmen holding more than a dozen towns.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia was executing a plan "to destroy Ukraine and its statehood".

Watch: Deadly gunbattle at Ukrainian checkpoint

He was in Odessa to observe mourning for the 42 people who died there in clashes and the fire on Friday - most of them pro-Russian militants.

The unrest shaking the Black Sea city of 1 million people, he said, aimed "to repeat in Odessa what is happening in the east of the country".

In an effort to head off any retribution on the streets for Friday's bloodshed, Yatsenyuk sacked Odessa's police chiefs and ordered an inquiry.

The under-attack police in the headquarters also released some of the 150 pro-Russian militants arrested in Friday's clashes.

Although Moscow has admitted sending troops into Crimea ahead of annexing the strategic peninsula in March, it denies having a hand in Ukraine's unrest in the east and in Odessa.

Instead it blames the Kiev government and its Western backers for the carnage.

Kiev said the violence was provoked by foreign demonstrators sent in from Transnistria, a nearby breakaway pro-Russian region of Moldova where Moscow has a military garrison. It said most of the dead who had been identified so far were from there.

Moscow has also demanded a halt to the Ukrainian military offensive in the east, saying it has received "thousands" of calls for help from the population there for it to intervene.

Tens of thousands of Russian troops have been parked on Ukraine's border for two months, ready for an invasion Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has a right to launch - but "hopes" he won't have to.

Ukrainian officials have pushed on regardless with the operation, determined to crush the pro-Kremlin rebels.

The three-day death toll from the eastern offensive meanwhile stood at 10 at least as soldiers confronted gunmen in towns around the rebel bastion of Slavyansk.

Witnesses near the eastern town of Kostyantynivka saw a pro-Russian checkpoint abandoned and smouldering while barricades were hastily erected in the centre.

Rebels defending Kostyantynivka said there had been fighting overnight near the town's television tower.

But in the centre of besieged Slavyansk - whose outskirts saw fierce gun battles on Saturday - the situation was relatively calm. Some of its 160,000 citizens reported increasing difficulty obtaining basic foodstuffs.

Sporadic fighting was also reported in the eastern city of Lugansk and the port of Mariupol.

In annexed Crimea there were clashes between police and 2,000 pro-Kiev Tatars demonstrating against Russia's refusal to allow their leader Mustafa Dzhemilev into the peninsula.

Additional reporting by Reuters


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M Miyagi
The Ukrainian coup leader, Prime Minister ****niy Yatsenyuk is as believable as the psychopathic Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Lies, lies and more lies.
Oh, interesting data you have on English sites...
My questions to you:
1) do you know Russian language to understand directly Russian Ukraine people, their tears, their harms?
2) why you beleive to fascistic pro-american Kiev goverment and not to ordinary poor people?
3) why you believe to those who kill and not to those who are killed?
4) you are fasciste?
I guess you have the answers inside of you, so truth version of Odessa murders:
Odessa people were awful killed by national radicals and football fans from other cities of Ukraine. These "people" (more animals) are supported by Kiev goverment and they HATE Russia and Putin. So Putin could not assist in Odessa events!!! It is Kiev fascistic goverment!!! Kiev KILLS Ukraine people because they speak Russian, because they would like to have the same politic system like USA and Belgium by doing referendum about federalization.
Also interesting fact to you: Kiev Maidan was fightning against magnates who has all resourses but now nothing was changed accept that the magnates began to kill ordinary people.
Please help Ukraine people who don't have such money as Kiev magnates! Please help to STOP Kiev fascisme againt Ukraine people! Please help to stop MURDERS of Ukraines!!! Don't hear the faulse information of Kiev goverment, better see by your own eyes!!! Your heart will not lie to you!!!
Please see by your eyes what Kiev did with Odessa,,,
Ukraine's lesson: a powerful neighbour can take over your country, impose their own dialect of the language, appoint a sockpuppet government, threaten people, destroy freedoms, humiliate your culture, ruin your finance, undermine businesses, export corruption and cronyism, and station their troops in the middle of your country to show you who's the boss.


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