Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have not ensured a full investigation of the tragic events of May 2, 2014, in Odessa.
This is stated in the analytical note of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.
“UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine notes with concern that the authorities did not do everything necessary to ensure an immediate, independent and impartial investigation of the killings and violent deaths that took place on May 2, 2014, and the corresponding criminal prosecution for these actions,” stated in the document.
The UN stated that five years ago no one was brought to justice.
Some criminal proceedings registered after these tragic events were stuck at the pre-trial investigation stage, others at the trial stage, from which “it can be assumed that the authorities lack real interest in ensuring justice for the victims and bringing the perpetrators to justice”.
The monitoring mission expressed concern that police investigations of clashes in the city center and the fire in the Trade Unions House “may not meet the criteria of independence and impartiality, given the allegations about the possible involvement of law enforcement agencies in this case”.
In addition, the UN noted that the investigation into the clashes in the city center seems selective.
“With the 29 individuals indicted in connection with the above clashes, 28 are supporters of federalization [ed. – of Ukraine]. At the same time, five years later, the police did not identify specific persons responsible for the fire in the Trade Unions House,” stated the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission.