Chemical poisoning caused the death of people in the Odessa Trade Union House on May 2, 2014. This was announced today at a briefing of the forensic criminologist Sergey Iskruk, who participated in the investigation of the tragedy.
Watch the translated video from the press conterence, provided with English subtitles by Patrick Lancaster.
"According to the conclusions of forensic experts, the remains of chloroform were found in the blood. If we take a physicochemical process, chloroform under the influence of light or fire turns into phosgene. It can be concluded that in this case chloroform was used, which turned into a poisonous substance – phosgene – under the influence of fire," Iskruk said.
He noted that in case of death of a person from fire or suffocation, the body takes the so-called "boxer pose". "According to the materials of the criminal case, there was no such position among the dead, all the bodies were in a relaxed state," the expert said.
Thus, according to him, the conclusions of the criminalists testify to the thorough preparation of the massacre at the Odessa Trade Union House.
Sergey Iskruk in 2015 was involved in the examination of the events in the Odessa Trade Union House. In 2016, he presented the investigation results of the examination of the causes of mass deaths. After that, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine began to exert pressure on the criminalist: first he was asked to rewrite his conclusions, and then measures of physical impact were applied towards him.
The last time the radicals of the "Right Sector" demanded him to sign a new examination. Fearing for his life, the representative of the criminal group decided to leave the territory of Ukraine.
We recall that the tragic events in Odessa took place on May 2, 2014. Then the activists of the "Right Sector" and the so-called "self defense of the Maidan" burned the tent camp on Kulikovo Field, where Odessa citizens collected signatures for a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine and the status of the Russian language.
Supporters of federalism and the anti-Maimdan movement took refuge in the House of Trade Unions, but radicals surrounded the building and set it on fire. According to various sources, between 40 and 200 people died in the tragedy, more than 200 were injured. Since then, the perpetrators have not been punished, and the victims were on the dock.
DONi News Agency