Ukraine Day 1170: LIVE UPDATES BELOW.
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Photo: Members of Right Sector at a court session at which a perpetrator of violence during the May 2, 2014 events in Odessa is on trial. The Right Sector activists have been reported as placing pressure on the court and sometimes blocking its proceedings.
One Ukrainian soldier in a mechanized brigade was killed near Avdeyevka, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation]. Militants fired 82-mm and 120-mm mortars, grenade-launchers, and heavy machine guns on Avdeyevka as well as Yakovlevka and Yasinovataya.
At his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Vladimir Putin complained that Ukrainian authorities had not prosecuted those responsible for the tragedy. Putin claimed that “defenseless people were driven into the Trade Unions Building and burned alive”.
But as Halya Coynash of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group pointed out, both Ukrainian and Council of Europe investigations of the fire did not find evidence that it was deliberately staged or that pro-Russian activists were driven into the building.
We note the disproportionality and selective approach to various episodes in this trade during the investigation and court proceedings. While five of the 20 accused of mass disorders in th center of town have been in custody for more than three years, the criminal case about violence at the Trade Unions Building is still at the stage of investigation. Meanwhile, the only person accused of committing murder May 2, 2014 is not in custody. He is a member of a group of so-called activists who are advocates of the unity of Ukraine. As we werote in our report, about 30-40 of his comrades, also activists from this group, come to the court session in his case and put pressure on the court and representatives of the victims.
She said her mission’s observers had seen open pressure placed on the judge in these sessions
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick