The deputies of Verkhovna Rada were prevented from taking part in the memorial service in Odessa.
May 2, 2016, Kiev. The people’s deputies from the faction “Opposition bloc” Yuriy Boyko, Vadim Novinsky and Evgeny Bakulin, who flew from Kiev to Odessa to take part in the memorial service for the victims of the events that occurred two years ago, were blocked at the Odessa airport as Interfax reports.
According to the statement of the opposition bloc, with the tacit support of the government the nationalists blocked the road from the airport in order to prevent Yuriy Boyko – the leader of the faction of the opposition bloc – and the deputies of the faction from commemorating the victims of the massacre of May 2″.
Meanwhile, on “Facebook” the “Right Sector” (organization banned in Russia) posted that large reinforcements of patriots came to the airport and that the airport was completely blocked.
The “Right sector” accused the deputies of “supporting separatists” and informed that they flew to Kherson. Before that the deputies were moved to the upper floor of the airport, where they were joined by a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church who committed a memorial service in the building.
V. Novinsky, in turn, told the TV channel “112.Ukraine” that the deputies came to Odessa “with exclusively peaceful missions”, willing to participate in a memorial service for those killed May 2, 2014, which was performed by the Metropolitan Agafangel in the Cathedral of Odessa, and to visit Kulikovo.
After the coup in Ukraine the activists of “Antimaydan” set up a camp on the Kulikovo field in Odessa in protest. On May 2, 2014 on Greek square began a scuffle between the activists of “Antimaydan” on the one hand and football “Ultras” from Odessa and Kharkov, as well as the radicals of “Euromaidan” – on the other. The riots resulted in the destruction of the tent camp and burning of the House of Trade Unions, where the representatives of “Antimaydan” took refuge.
As a result, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine about 50 people were killed, most of them in the House of Trade Unions. Odessa Mayor Gennady Truhanov declared May 2, 2016 as the Day of Remembrance for the victims.