Odessa fire: 31 die in western Ukraine.

Violence Has Broken Out in a New Part of Ukraine

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May 2 2014 4:58 PM

Ominous News From Ukraine as Violence Breaks Out in a New Part of the Country

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Odessa, today.

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That 31 people died in fire in a government building in the Ukraine today—it apparently caught or was set on fire after being stormed by pro-Russia protestors/militants—is bad enough. Even more concerning is that it happened in Odessa, a city in the southwest of the country, hundreds of miles away from the sites of previous armed conflicts. From Reuters:

Eastern Ukraine has been a focus of concern in Western capitals since Moscow annexed mainly Russian Crimea from Ukraine in March. Clashes have also broken out in largely Russian-speaking Odessa, not far from Crimea, but they had never involved deaths before.
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