Top 5 myths about Odesa May 2 tragedy
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.