Ukrainian authorities should carry out an independent and transparent investigation into the tragic events which happened in Odessa on May 2, 2014, and punish those responsible, the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Ian Tombinski noted in his statement.
'Today we recall the tragic events in Odessa on 2 May 2014 that left more than 40 people dead and 200 injured,' the statement reads.
'I urge the government of Ukraine to follow up on the recommendations of the Council of Europe International Advisory Panel and to carry out an independent and transparent investigation. All those responsible for the crimes must be brought to justice,' Tombinski claimed.
In November 2015, Kiev was presented with a report of the Council of Europe International Advisory Panel on investigation of the events in Odessa accompanied by extremely severe criticism of Ukrainian law enforcement system.
In particular, the International Advisory Panel findings indicated that there had been no proper investigation of the fault of the police that was significantly guilty of Odessa tragedy. Furthermore, Ukrainian police knew but deliberately delayed the investigation of documents’ falsification.
Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that the Council of Europe’s report on the tragedy’s investigation was just an opinion of experts.
On May 2, 2016, Odessa enhanced security measures for the second anniversary of the tragedy. About 3,000 law enforcement officers and National Guardsmen were involved to ensure law and order. Servicemen from the Security Service of Ukraine’s Alpha special unit are patrolling the streets.
According to the Odessa Regional State Administration’s head Mikheil Saakashvili, the tragedy’s anniversary 'is used by both external and internal forces which don’t want peace in Ukraine.'
As Odessa City Council announced, all the traffic is to be limited near the Kulikov field from 7:00 to 24:00 and the public transport’s circulation is changed, Dumskaya.net wrote.
They limited traffic circulation in the Kanatnaya Street (from the Italian boulevard to the Pirogovskaya), the Pirogovskaya (from the Kanatnaya to the Srednefontanskaya), the Srednefontanskaya (from the Pirogovskaya to the Italian boulevard) and along the Italian Boulevard itself, except route vehicles (from the Srednefontanskaya to the Kanatnaya).