KIEV, May 6 (RIA Novosti) – Forty-six people died and three remain missing as a result of clashes in Odessa last Friday, the branch of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region said Tuesday.
“According to the official figures, in the course of the events that took place in Odessa on May 2, the regional bureau of forensic medical examination received 46 bodies of the deceased citizens,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Thirty-eight of them have been identified. Law enforcement also received five missing person reports, two of which were later identified as dead,” the statement added.
On Monday, a member of the Odessa regional council told RIA Novosti that Ukraine’s interim authorities were hiding from the public the true death toll in Friday’s tragedy in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, which actually claimed 116 lives.
The clashes in Odessa broke out last Friday between federalization activists on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, joined by Euromaidan activists. Pro-Kiev radicals blockaded the anti-government protesters in a building and set it on fire.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the events a result of the “criminal irresponsibility of the Kiev leadership indulging insolent nationalist radicals, including Right Sector, who are staging a campaign of physical terror against supporters of federalization and real constitutional changes in Ukrainian society."