The Russian foreign Ministry: Russia considers the report of the COE contribution to efforts to investigate the tragedy in Odessa


MOSCOW, November 5. Moscow considers the report the structure of the Council of Europe on the tragedy in Odessa concrete contribution to efforts to investigate. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Report of the International Advisory group of the Council of Europe on investigation of Ukraine tragedy in Odessa was presented on 4 November in Kyiv and November 5th in Odessa, she said. Is a concrete contribution to international efforts to investigate”.

“The report acknowledges the impossibility in the present circumstances of the investigation by the Ukrainian authorities, – said Zakharov. – The reason for this is that the SBU, MVD, Ministry of emergency situations of Ukraine are depending on authorities, who were involved in these events”.

As outlined in the report

The investigation of the tragedy in Odessa House of trade unions on may 2, 2014 are unable to meet the requirements of the European Convention on human rights, the representatives of the International Advisory group formed to monitor the investigation into the events of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (COE) Thorbjørn Jagland. “The panel found that the investigation failed to meet the requirements of the European Convention on human rights”, – stated in the report.

The document also notes that two of the three investigations into the tragedy in Odessa House of trade unions on 2 may 2014 were not independent.

“The Ukrainian authorities initiated three investigations. The first covers the behaviour of police on may 2, 2014 and the release of detained may 4, 2014 after protesters attack local police station. The second investigation focuses on the riots in the city centre and the fire in the House of trade unions. The third investigates the behaviour of rescuers during a fire. The panel finds that the second and third study lacked institutional and practical independence “, – the report says.

In the opinion of the Advisory group, the investigation has made little progress, which undermines the ability of the Ukrainian authorities to the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.