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    Ukraine Bans Eight Reporters From Covering Odessa Massacre Anniversary

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    Eight reporters, including those from Poland, France, the Netherlands and Germany, were not allowed to enter the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa to cover the events commemorating the second anniversary of the massacre in the city, according to a lawyer.

    ODESSA (Ukraine) (Sputnik) — Eight foreign reporters were prohibited from entering the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa to cover the events commemorating the second anniversary of the massacre in the city, a lawyer representing one of the people accused of involvement in the deadly events said Monday.

    "About eight journalists were not allowed to enter [the city]," Kirill Shevchuk told RIA Novosti.

    He added that the reporters, including those from Poland, France, the Netherlands and Germany, were turned back at passport control in Odessa's airport.

    On May 2, 2014, pro-Kiev radicals blocked anti-government protesters in Odessa's House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire by hurling Molotov cocktails inside. According to the official data, 48 people died and more than 250 were injured in the fire. No perpetrators have been brought to justice.

    The mourning rally was scheduled for 2 p.m. local time (11:00 GMT), but because of an alleged bomb threat local authorities blocked the access to the tragedy site for people who wanted to commemorate the victims of the massacre.

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