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Odessa violence flares anew as Ukraine PM blames deaths on Russia

Published on May 4, 2014 10:52 PM
 
Pro-Russian militants storm the police station in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on May 4, 2014, to free the Pro-Russian activists arrested on May 2 after their attack of a Ukrainian unity rally. Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa's police headquarters Sunday, May 4, 2014, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to "destroy Ukraine". -- PHOTO: AFP

ODESSA, Ukraine (AFP) - Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa's police headquarters Sunday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to "destroy Ukraine".

The unrest in the southern port city threatened a new front in the Ukrainian government's battle against pro-Moscow militants, with an expanded military operation under way in the east against gunmen holding more than a dozen towns.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia was executing a plan "to destroy Ukraine and its statehood".

He was in Odessa to observe mourning for the 42 people who died there in clashes and the fire on Friday - most of them pro-Russian militants.

 
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