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Ukraine declares two days of mourning after bloodshed

Published on May 3, 2014 8:08 PM
 
Pro-Russian activist lays flowers and candles to the burned trade union building in homage to the people who died yesterday in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on May 3, 2014. Ukraine's interim president on Saturday declared two days of mourning after more than 50 people died in the country's bloodiest day in months. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's interim president on Saturday declared two days of mourning after more than 50 people died in the country's bloodiest day in months.

"The day of May 2 was a tragic day for Ukraine. I have signed a decree for two days of mourning in Ukraine for the heroes who died in the course of the anti-terrorist operation and also for those who died in the tragic events in Odessa," Mr Oleksandr Turchynov said in a statement.

At least nine people, including four servicemen, died in fighting on Friday as the Ukrainian army intensified what Kiev calls an "anti-terrorist" operation around the rebel-held town of Slavyansk.

And at least 42 people lost their lives in the southern port city of Odessa after fighting between pro-Russian and pro-Kiev militants climaxed in an inferno that trapped dozens as both side hurled petrol bombs.

 
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