Unrest Erupts in South-Western City in Ukraine

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Riots led to dozens of deaths

Unrest engulfed the south-west city of Odesa in Ukraine when

running battles escalated between pro-Kiev groups and separatists in the city.

The riot culminated in the fire at the Trade Unions House killing least 36 people.

According to media reports, some people were overwhelmed by smoke. Some died after they jumped from the building.

US mourns the loss of life in Odessa

In a press statement, US Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said the United States today mourns with all Ukrainians the heartbreaking loss of life in Odesa.

“Today the international community must stand together in support of the Ukrainian people as they cope with this tragedy.” – Ms. Harf

She said the violence and mayhem that led to so many senseless deaths and injuries is unacceptable.

Calling all sides for restraint

Ms. Harf called on warring parties in Ukraine work together to restore calm and law and order.

In addition, the US calls for the immediate implementation of the commitments made in Geneva on April 17.

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President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014

Ukrainian people on protest!

In December 2012, Kiev is engulfed by unrest when massive protest by pro-EU protesters stood their ground after an overnight sweep by riot police.

The authorities sent in battalions of riot police with bulldozers to reclaim the Independence Square. There were records of scuffles and arrests. However, the riot police avoided entering the nearby City Hall and by morning they withdrew from the streets.

In a press statement in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the destruction of a protest camp in central Kiev.

The turmoil started in November 2013 when the President Yanukovich yielded pressure from Moscow and spurned a free trade deal with the EU.

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