Monday, May 5, 2014

Odessa Detainees Freed as Police HQ Attacked

More than 60 people arrested over Friday's violence in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa have been freed by police after protesters attacked the main police station. Several hundred pro-Russian protesters besieged the police headquarters, breaking through windows and doors. The clashes on Friday left more than 40 dead, mostly pro-Russian separatists killed in a building fire. Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused the police of failing to prevent Friday's unrest. He has ordered a full investigation, saying that the violence was "part of a plan fomented by Russia to destroy Ukraine" and that Russia's aim is  “repeat in Odessa what is happening in the east of the country." Ukrainian troops are carrying out operations in the east to wrest control of government buildings from pro-Russia separatists.

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