Ukraine declares two days of mourning after bloodshed
Published on May 3, 2014 8:08 PM
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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