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US activist claims Obama to ask Ukrainian president about Odessa massacre

Two years before shocking massacre was happened in Odessa. 48 people were killed in clashes between fascists and pro-federalists, most of the victims were federalism supporters burnt alive in the House of Trade unions. Since that time their relatives have formed a Council of mothers and insist for objective investigation into this crime. Five official investigations gave no result. Even United Nation’s higher commissioner for human rights pointed out that Ukrainian authorities are not interested to punish the organizers of this crime. Fascists have been in favour and their opponents have been oppressed these two years without any change. That is why the Council of mothers claims now for United Nation’s independent investigation (sign their petition here http://odessa2may.wesign.it/en )
Contrary to Kiev’s government many people all over the world support Odessans and the Council of mothers in their efforts to bring justice. The US journalist Phil Wilayto, Coordinator of Odessa Solidarity Campaign, has written a special letter to president Obama and claims him to ask Ukrainian president Poroshenko: “…Ask him to publicly pledge his government’s full cooperation with any new investigation. Ask him to release his government’s files on the massacre. Ask him to release the innocent surviving victims of the attack on the House of Trade Unions who are still being held in prison, many under deplorable conditions. And ask him to order the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to stop harassing members of the Council of Mothers in an attempt to terrorize them into silence”.
Mr. Wilayto supposes president Obama can talk to Poroshenko during the NATO Summit to be held July 8 and 9 in Warsaw, Poland, where meeting of two presidents was announced.
Here is the full statement by Phil Wilayto:

Odessa Solidarity Campaign
A project of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
PO Box 23202, Richmond, Virginia 23223 USA l Ph: 1 804 644 5834
Email: contact@odessasolidaritycampaign.org l Web: www.odessasolidaritycampaign.org
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
July 6, 2016

Dear President Obama,
It has been reported that you will be attending the NATO Summit to be held July 8 and 9 in Warsaw, Poland. It also has been reported that, during the Summit, you will be meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
I am writing to ask you to raise a particular issue during your meeting with the Ukrainian president: the request by the Council of Mothers of May 2 for an international investigation into the massacre of 46 people on May 2, 2014, at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa’s Kulikovo Field. The Council is made up of relatives of those who were killed in that terrible event.
I am sure you are aware of the massacre. On April 25, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner addressed this issue at the department’s daily press briefing. Answering a question from a Tass reporter, Mr. Toner stated that the U.S. government condemned the killings of May 2, 2014; supported the call for an investigation of that massacre; and supported holding commemorations of the massacre, such as the one called by the Council of Mothers planned for May 2, 2016, in Kulikovo Field. Further, Mr. Toner said the U.S. government condemned the threats of violence being made against that commemoration by various right-wing organizations in Ukraine.
In response to a request by the Council of Mothers for international human rights activists to attend the May 2 memorial, I travelled to Odessa with two other U.S. activists for the second anniversary commemoration. It was a very tense situation. Ukraine has a multitude of extreme right-wing organizations that model themselves after military units of the Nazi Party of the 1930s and ‘40s. Groups like Right Sector, the Brotherhood, Bandera and the Azov Battalion are known for their violent attacks against political opponents. Some of them are believed to have played leading roles in the 2014 massacre at the House of Trade Unions. And they were threatening to attack the May 2 memorial.
That attack did not happen, mainly because thousands of Odessans refused to be intimidated and came out that day to Kulikovo Square. Also present were some 1,500 police officers and hundreds of members of the National Guard. It’s likely that the Ukrainian government, which has a very close relationship with these fascist organizations, was aware of the public statements of the U.S. government concerning the memorial, and so took steps to prevent an attack.
However, it has now been more than two years since the massacre, and not one person responsible for that heinous crime has ever been brought to justice. There have been investigations, most recently by the prestigious Council of Europe, but all have ended with the same complaint: a lack of cooperation by the Ukrainian government.
The Council of Mothers is now asking the United Nations to initiate a new, impartial and genuine investigation into the events of May 2, 2014. The success of any new investigation, like the previous ones, would depend on cooperation by the Ukrainian government.
Mr. President, when you meet with President Poroshenko, please ask him to publicly pledge his government’s full cooperation with any new investigation. Ask him to release his government’s files on the massacre. Ask him to release the innocent surviving victims of the attack on the House of Trade Unions who are still being held in prison, many under deplorable conditions. And ask him to order the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to stop harassing members of the Council of Mothers in an attempt to terrorize them into silence.
It is probably too much to also ask that you use the power of your office to help reduce the dangerously escalating tensions in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe by opposing the extension of NATO up to the very borders of Russia. That extension, of course, is the very purpose of the NATO Summit.
But perhaps you can find it in your heart to ask President Poroshenko to publicly commit to cooperating with any future international investigations into the massacre of scores of innocent people on May 2, 2014, in Odessa, Ukraine.
Sincerely,
Phil Wilayto
Coordinator
Odessa Solidarity Campaign
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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