Top 5 myths about Odesa May 2 tragedy

Kyiv Post - - National -

1. Hun­dreds were killed in Trade Unions House

Truth: Al­though many pro-Rus­sian ac­tivists still talk about hun­dreds of vic­tims in the May 2, 2014 fire, law en­force­ment, medics and ex­perts of the in­de­pen­dent May 2 Group have con­cluded that 42 peo­ple died there out of 48 killed that day.

2. There were many Rus­sian na­tion­als among vic­tims of the fire

Truth: The ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple who died in the Trade Unions House were res­i­dents of Odesa or Odesa Oblast, ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the May 2 Group. There were no Rus­sian na­tion­als among them.

3. Gas or an­other toxic sub­stance was used in Trade Unions House to spread the fire

Truth: The ex­perts of the May 2 Group — in­clud­ing medics, chemists and tox­i­col­o­gists who in­spected the build­ing — say there was no sign of gas or other toxic sub­stances de­lib­er­ately spread there. They sug­gest the fire spread rapidly be­cause of the build­ing's high ceil­ings and the air flow, which in­ten­si­fied af­ter peo­ple smashed win­dows to be able to breathe. The tem­per­a­ture there reached 400-600 de­grees Cel­sius, which caused many deaths from burns or from breath­ing in the ex­tremely hot air.

4. Peo­ple were killed by firearms in Trade Unions House

Truth: Pro-Rus­sian ac­tivists still share sto­ries that many of those who died in the Trade Unions House were shot dead by pro-Ukrainian ac­tivists in the build­ing. But medics and ex­perts of the May 2 Group who ex­am­ined the bod­ies say none of the peo­ple killed there had gun­shot wounds.

5. Pro-Ukrainian pro­tes­tors cut the fire­hoses, pre­vented the work of fire­fight­ers

Truth: Pro-Rus­sian ac­tivists and some for­mer state emer­gency of­fi­cials say that pro-Ukrainian protesters pre­vented the fire­fight­ers from get­ting to the burn­ing Trade Unions House and even cut the fire­hoses. Ex­perts of the May 2 Group say that many pro-Ukrainian ac­tivists were ac­tu­ally try­ing to save those trapped in the burn­ing build­ing and helped the fire­fight­ers. YouTube videos prove this ver­sion of the story.

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