Nearly 40 anti-government protesters fell victims to fire in Trade Union House in Odessa, another 174 injured. Pro-Russian activists took refuge in the building after Right sector thugs and football fans set fire to a tent camp that had stood for several weeks in front of the building on Odessa’s Kulikovo Field Square" chanting "Glory to Ukraine!", "Death to enemies!" and "Burn, Russians, burn!".
The locals showed their indignation against the police who took no action and stood formed up in ranks even when the building was set on fire while the people were trapped inside.
"The authorities have been absolutely indifferent," said an eyewitness Olga Gold, adding that the police and firefighters were absent for more than two hours.
The fire resulted in more than 35 people burned alive or choked to death on smoke, some died when they jumped from the windows out of desperation. Those who managed to survive the fall were hunted down and beaten to death by the Right sector militants.
The police eventually decided to interfere and escorted some of the pro-Russians from the building. Some of the escorted were assaulted by the crowd.
"When we were finally able to jump out of the window from the second floor, we were met by the Right Sector radicals. They beat us with their feet using bats and chains. My friend got an open head injury. I received a wound six centimeters long and I am now in a hospital waiting to get stitches," said Alexey Albu, Deputy of the regional council who defended the building with the pro-Russians.
Meanwhile the Western leaders mostly ignored the events in Odessa, while the US President Barak Obama went so far as to explicitly endorse the military offensive being carried out by Kiev.