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 Police cordoned off Kulykove Pole in Odesa: people get in through metal detectors. PHOTOS

As of morning of May 2, situation in Odesa remained calm. The police has cordoned off Kulykove Pole, where commemorative events are taking place. Explosive experts are operating on the spot.

Censor.NET reports citing local 7 Channel.

"Metal detecting frames have been set at Kulykove Pole in Odesa. People with flowers are passing to the Unions Building through them. The square has been cordoned off by law enforces. Heads of law enforcement agencies and the governor are also there," the news outlet reported.

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Odesa buildings have been decorated with flags and black ribbons, Dumskaia reports. A woman attempted to get inside Kulykove Pole wearing a George Ribbon, symbol of Russia. Law enforcers had a conversation with her and seized the provocative item, the news website reported.

See more: Terrorist attack prevented in Odesa as backpack with explosives found at Kulykove Pole, - Interior Minister Adviser Shkiriak. PHOTOS+VIDEO

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On May 2, Odesa residents commemorate people killed in May 2, 2014 tragedy. On that day, 48 persons were killed, 200 wounded in riots. Most of them fell victims of the fire in the Unions Building.

The conflict began as a group of armed militants arrived at Oleksandrivskyi Prospekt and stopped the march 'For united Ukraine.' A fight soon occurred, spreading to neighboring streets. Witnesses say the first person killed on pro-Ukrainian side was a demonstration participant shot from an automated weapon. People brought flowers to Preobrazhenska Street, where he died, several minutes after his death. Separatists were shooting Odesa residents under police cover.

Later, the conflict moved to Kulykove Pole. Separatists hid in the Unions Building, which subsequently caught fire. Witnesses say the fire fighting vehicle arrived some 30 minutes late. Pro-Ukrainian activists, who remained outside, were trying to get the people outside the burning building.

The events of May 2, 2014 have been actively used by Russian propaganda to fuel anti-Ukrainian sentiments.
 
 
 
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