At least 31 die in Ukraine after anti-govt protesters set Trade Union House on fire
In wake of deadly violence in Ukraine, at least 31 people were killed and some 40 were injured in a fire at Odessa's Trade Unions House.
According to The BBC, the Ukraine Ministry said that the deaths came as pro-Russian protesters clashed with Ukrainian government supporters in the city.
The ministry said that while some were choked to death by smoke, the others died after jumping out of windows.
Expressing regret for lost lives, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Danylo Lubkivsky blamed Russia of instigating the violence.
He said that the situation remains under control, but the security situation is threatened by Russian special agents, adding that Ukraine is requesting and demanding Russian authorities to stop their efforts that can undermine regional security and stability.
Meanwhile, deeming the violence unacceptable, the US urged both Ukraine and Russia to restore order.
The state department said in a statement that the violence and mayhem that led to so many senseless deaths and injuries is unacceptable.
(Posted on 04-05-2014)