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People mourn victims on anniversary of fire killing dozens in Trade Union House in Odesa

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Amid a heavy military and police presence in the port city of Odesa commemorations were held to remember those killed a year ago in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city.

A deadly fire that erupted on May 2, 2014 at the Trade Union House
during clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian groups. Altogether, 42 people were killed in the fire and as many as six others in other violence that day.

Most of the victims were anti-government activists who were caught in a fire inside the building.

The clashes left the city divided as more than a dozen mysterious bomb explosions, mostly at pro-government offices and buildings, occurred over the past year.

The explosions prompted law enforcement, led by the Security Service of Ukraine , or SBU, to conduct an anti-terrorist operation that has led to the arrest of more than 30 suspects, ranging from Communist Party members to anti-government activists who were allegedly taking directions from Moscow.

Read Lily Hyde’s coverage of the Odesa tragedy a year ago here

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