Mass clashes between maidan supporters and anti-maidan activists occurred in Odesa on May 2. Forty-six people died in the clashes and fire in the Odesa Union House and 88 people were hospitalized with injuries.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has extended his condolences to the relatives and loved ones of the people who died in Odesa and wished the survivors a speedy recovery, the prime minister's press officer Natalya Timakova said.
A total of 172 people were detained following mass riots in Odesa, and some of these people have already been released, the public relations department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Department for the Odesa region has reported, citing Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Chebotar.
"Ten criminal cases have been opened. A total of 172 people were detained in connection with the investigations. Some of them were released after giving personal obligations and 127 are held as active participants in the riots. Pre-trial investigative measures are being taken on them," Chebotar said.
Over twenty of the 120 people hurt in the events are law enforcement officials, Chebotar said. Specifically, Police Colonel Dmytro Fuchedzhi, deputy head of the Interior Ministry's Main Department, was wounded, but stayed in the center of the events and continued directing the police.
In the meantime, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Department for the Odesa region has reported on its website that citizens of Russia and the Transdniestrian Republic are involved in the provocations and riots in Odesa. The report talks about weapons and a considerable amount of explosives seized by police and says people "who are citizens of Russia and the Transdniestrian Republic" have been identified.
Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told a briefing in Odesa on Saturday that there are foreigners among the people killed in the riots. He would not give further details, citing the interests of the investigation. He also said separatist forces are behind these events and investigators suspect some police officers of involvement in them.
In the meantime, the Kremlin has blamed the tragedy in Odesa on the Kiev administration. "The Kiev administration is not only directly responsible for it, but is a direct accomplice in these criminal actins. Their hands are blood-stained to the elbows," Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday.
Peskov reiterated that the tragedy in Odesa took place "with clear connivance of those who consider themselves to be the Kiev administration. "It is with their connivance that extremist and radical activists burned unarmed people alive. I reiterate: the people were unarmed," he said.
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