Location USA USA

US Department of State supports Odessa residents

April, 27. Washington
US Department of State deputy spokesperson Mark Toner made two important statements on Ukraine in press briefing on Tuesday: 1) The United States supports any peaceful events to commemorate the 2014 Odessa massacre in Ukraine, 2) Perpetrators of Odessa attack have to be brought to justice.

On May 2, 2014, pro-Kiev demonstrators blocked anti-government protesters in Odessa’s House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire by hurling Molotov cocktails inside. Forty-eight people died in the incident and more than 250 were injured.

US Department of State deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said: “We can extend our condolences to the people of Ukraine on the second anniversary of this horrific event… We did, obviously, condemn it strongly at the time”.

“It was a horrific event, and in any kind of event like this there needs to be a resolution. There needs to be closure, and that’s what an investigation and bringing those who carried out this act to justice would bring,” – Toner told to reporters and added: “We’ll continue to make that message or convey that message to the Ukrainian authorities”. Explaining US official position he reminded: “We did call for a thorough investigation, as did other governments at the time, into those actions on Odessa”.

On Monday, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) delivered a Statement to the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, DC supporting the planned demonstration and calling for the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the murders pro-federalism activists in Odessa.

The Statement called on the United States and Ukraine to ensure the protection of demonstrators after fascist groups publicly declared they will not allow the Odessa memorial to take place. The organization explained that right-wing groups regularly target similar demonstrations.

UNAC will send a delegation of US human rights activists to observe the memorial.

“We would obviously support any commemoration of this event, but as with any commemoration, it needs to be done non-violently,” – Toner stated. “We would certainly condemn any threats in the run-up to these events or commemoration, and call on all sides to show restraint.”

Earlier in April, the State Department said in its annual human rights report that Ukrainian government’s failure to investigate the Odessa deaths and other abuses has fostered a climate of impunity in the country.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *