March of Remembrance
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The author’s intention was to describe the developments which took place between 24-26 April, 2014 in Odessa, including events at the Self-Defence station and the subsequent reaction of Russian community, gathered on Kulikovo Field.
Odessa, 26th April 2014
At 4 p.m., the March of Remembrance set off from Kulikove Pole, joined by approximately 1500 people. The marchers commemorated the BERKUT officers and Interior Troops soldiers who died in February 2014 in Kiev, demanding that the ones who perished be deemed Ukrainian heroes and that their killers be judged.
A BERKUT pennant was carried by family members with portraits of the victims. Chants repeatedly rang out:
GLORY TO RUSSIA – GLORY TO BERKUT, BERKUT FIGTHERS ARE HEROES, ONE FOR ALL – ALL FOR ONE, ODESSA PRAISES ITS HEROES, UNITED WE REMAIN UNCONQUERED.
The march went along Pushkinska, Zhukovskogo and Aleksandrovsky Prospekt streets, to the Memorial of Killed Militsiya Men. There were attempts to disturb the march by people who, standing in open gates to buildings or on balconies, were shouting: GLORY TO UKRAINE!
During the fighting on Kiev’s Maidan, 1270 BERKUT officers and Interior Troops soldiers were wounded, of whom 150 suffered gunshot wounds, and 20 officers were killed.