About 100 people gathered at the intersection of Deribasivska and Preobrazhenskaya Streets in Odesa, where pro-Russian separatists shot Andriy Biriukov and Ihor Ivanov, who became the first victims of mass riots on May 2, 2014.
The activists created a kind of memorial of flowers. They tied a lot of yellow and blue ribbons on the metal chain separating the pedestrian and roadways and laid many flowers to the portraits of Ivanov and Biriukov, lighting candles.
The priest held a service, while people paid tribute to victims noting that Ivanov and Biriukov had given their lives for the independence of Ukraine and free Odesa. They also cited the poems dedicated to the lost patriots.
The activists were chanting: ”Heroes don`t die! Dying enemies!”, ”Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes of May 2!” At the site of tragic events, they together performed the State Anthem of Ukraine.
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Forty-eight people died during riots with the participation of anti-Maidan supporters and Euromaidan activists and a fire incident in Odesa on May 2, 2014. About 300 people were injured.
After clashes in the center of the city where some people were shot to death, pro-Ukrainian activists moved to Kulykove Pole where separatists had a tent camp. Then tents caught fire and a fire started in the Trade Unions House building, where most of the victims of the Odesa incident died.
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