The march of Ukrainian radical nationalists, dedicated to the anniversary of the tragic events in Odessa, is a disgrace not only for Ukraine, but also for the Western camp supporting the Kiev regime, said Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.
Earlier, Ukrainian nationalists from various organizations on Sunday held a “march of defenders” on the anniversary of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, when almost 50 people were killed.
According to the politician, the fact that this procession was held with the support and practically under the protection of Ukrainian Interior Ministry units suggests that “the Kiev regime continues to use nationalist militants as an instrument of terror and intimidation of the inhabitants of Odessa.”
“It is shocking with its cynicism that the collective West, against this background, presents today’s Ukraine as a“ democratic ”and“ rule of law ”state. It is impossible to imagine that Nazis marched through the streets of German cities and celebrated the burning of Auschwitz prisoners. But if acts of genocide are carried out against the Russians, against supporters of the ideas of the Russian world, but this is absolutely normal for the collective West, “Panina told RIA Novosti on Sunday.
She confessed that she was “taken aback by the fact that this whole Sabbath takes place on Easter, when Orthodox Christians celebrate the Bright Resurrection of Christ.” “At the same time, the events of neo-fascists on the anniversary of the massacre are in” one package “with cannibalistic bills on the introduction of criminal liability for” propaganda of the Russian world “, which are promoted in the Rada by the associates of the” tolerant “and” humane “President Zelensky,” Panina stressed.
She added that “seven years after innocent people were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions, this crime is heroized, presented as a kind of triumph of the Ukrainian national idea” “This is a disgrace not only for Ukraine, but also for the supporter the Kiev regime of the western camp. And there is no reason to doubt that a repetition of the Odessa tragedy would have awaited the inhabitants of Crimea, if the peninsula had remained a part of Ukraine, “the parliamentarian stated.
After the change of power in Ukraine in 2014, anti-Maidan activists set up a tent camp in protest on the Kulikovo field in Odessa. On the afternoon of May 2, in the area of Grecheskaya Square, brawls began between the anti-Maidan activists on the one hand and the ultras football players from Kharkov and Odessa, as well as the Euromaidan participants on the other. The fight ended with the destruction of the tent camp and the arson of the House of Trade Unions, in which the representatives of the “anti-Maidan” took refuge.
48 people became victims of the tragedy that day, six – in the area of Grecheskaya Square and the Afina shopping center (two of them died in hospitals), 42 – in the Kulikovo Pole and in the House of Trade Unions (three died in hospitals). Six people died from gunshot wounds, ten fell out of the windows of a burning building and crashed, 32 died from burns and as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 250 people were injured.