Disinfo: Ukrainian government and Maidan leaders are guilty of the May 2, 2014 Odesa tragedy

Summary

Everyone knows that it was Parubiy [one of the leaders of the Euromaidan and the former speaker of the parliament] who organised the Odesa Khatyn [the fire in the House of the Trade Unions], resulting in 48 deaths and more than 250 people injured. Most of the victims of the tragedy were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions. The investigation established that riots in Odesa were organised and planned.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about May 2, 2014 clashes in Odesa and the resulting fire in the House of the Trade Unions.

There is no evidence of Andriy Parubiy's involvement in the 2014 Odesa tragedy. At the time, Andriy Parubiy was the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council.

Regarding the investigation, United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine noted in its report in 2019:

"Five years on, there has still not been any accountability for the killings of six and violent deaths of 42 individuals. Some of the criminal proceedings launched after the tragic events have stalled at the pre-trial investigation stage, while others did at the trial stage. This suggests a lack of genuine interest from the authorities to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators."

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Odessa, Euromaidan, Odessa tragedy

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