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    Russia has circulated among the members of the UN Security Council a draft statement calling for an investigation into the 2014 Odessa massacre in Ukraine and expects it to be adopted on April 28, Russia's Envoy to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The UN Security Council is set to hold a session on the situation in Ukraine's east on Thursday at Kiev's initiative.

    "We circulated a very simple draft press statement reiterating the need to implement the Minsk agreements and also calling for an investigation of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, when 48 people were burnt to death. So it would be interesting for us to see what the reaction of the members of the UN Security Council could be," Churkin told journalists.

    Russia expects the adoption of the proposal following Thursday's UNSC session, Churkin added.

    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, leaving 48 people dead.

    In late March, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space Coordinator Bruce Gagnon told Sputnik that not a single perpetrator of the 2014 Odessa massacre had been prosecuted despite abundant video and photo evidence.

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