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Ukraine: Dozens die in blaze as Odessa battles continue01:32

Ukraine: Dozens die in blaze as Odessa battles continue

Ukraine, Odessa
May 2, 2014 at 17:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Dozens die in blaze as Odessa battles continue

Thousands of opposing protesters continued to clash in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on Friday evening. Police confirmed 31 dead in a fire at the Union building, where a group of protesters had become trapped. Three people had been reported dead and 15 injured in fighting earlier in the day.

Protesters were seen dismantling pavements to collect stones for the fighting, as they threw smoke grenades and Molotov cocktails at their opponents. Gunfire was heard as two rival rallies met and the police failed to draw them apart.

The clashing sides were comprised of pro- and anti-Kiev activists, in addition to pro-unity demonstrators, advocates for regional autonomy, nationalists and fans of the local football team, Chernomorets.

Ukraine: Dozens die in blaze as Odessa battles continue01:32
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Ukraine: Dozens die in blaze as Odessa battles continue

Thousands of opposing protesters continued to clash in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on Friday evening. Police confirmed 31 dead in a fire at the Union building, where a group of protesters had become trapped. Three people had been reported dead and 15 injured in fighting earlier in the day.

Protesters were seen dismantling pavements to collect stones for the fighting, as they threw smoke grenades and Molotov cocktails at their opponents. Gunfire was heard as two rival rallies met and the police failed to draw them apart.

The clashing sides were comprised of pro- and anti-Kiev activists, in addition to pro-unity demonstrators, advocates for regional autonomy, nationalists and fans of the local football team, Chernomorets.

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