Ukraine Parliament sets up committee to investigate Odessa, Mariupol bloodshed

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The Ukrainian Parliament backed Tuesday the motion to set up a temporary investigative committee to inquire into the cases of civilian deaths in Odessa, Mariupol, Krasnoarmiisk, as well as other Ukrainian southern and eastern cities, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported.

The decree assumes that the committee should clarify all the circumstances, under which civilians in the mentioned cities were killed. Ten members of Ukraine’s parliament are to form the committee. At the same time Ukraine’s acting president Oleksander Turchinov stressed that the membership is not yet finally agreed upon. The committee has been established for a two-month period and the final report on work done is expected not later than June 15.

Dozens of anti-Maidan activists died in a fire at the Odessa Trade Union House on May 2. According to some evidence rebels from the radical Right Sector and its supporters were behind the incident. According to recent estimates at least 46 people died, three went missing and 214 were injured, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. The interim government in Kiev has been accused by Odessa officials of covering up the actual death toll of at least 116.

The city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region saw violent clashes between pro-Kiev forces and federalists on May 9. Nine people were reported dead and another 42 injured during a military operation carried out by Kiev-backed Special Forces. On May 11, as the Donetsk region was holding an independence referendum, troops of the Ukrainian National Guard in an attempt to disrupt the voting encircled a polling center in the city of Krasnoarmiisk, shooting one person dead.

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