Chemical poisoning caused the death of 48 people in the Odessa Trade Union House on May 2, 2014, according to forensic criminologist Sergey Iskruk who participated in the investigation of the tragedy, speaking in Donetsk, Wednesday.
«Forensic examination showed that traces of chloroform were found in the blood of some of the victims,» Iskruk stated, adding, «chloroform in the presence of an open... Еще fire or under direct sunlight turns into phosgene. What phosgene is I think you all know — it is a chemical warfare agent. And given the traces of spilled substances, absence of reflex functions of the victim's bodies, presence of untypical for fire yellow smoke, it can be concluded that in this case, chloroform was used, which transformed into phosgene due to the fire.»
Iskruk said that after the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine became informed of the results of his investigation, the pressure was applied on the criminologist in the attempt to change his conclusions. The expert also revealed that he was physically assaulted on two occasions after the investigation was completed.
«Sometime later I was approached on the street by two people in khaki uniform from a radical organisation, and they said they would bring me the examination materials with different conclusions, and I'm only required to sign. Comparing all pros and cons, I decided to leave the territory of Ukraine,» said Iskruk.
48 people died, with over 200 injured, in a series of events that culminated in a large fire ripping through Odessa's Trade Union building on May 2, 2014. After clashes erupted between anti-Maidan and pro-Maidan protesters, the latter group reportedly set fire to the Trade Unions building where anti-Maidan demonstrators had found refuge.
Despite international concerns and calls to investigate the tragedy, the perpetrators of the 2014 Odessa massacre have yet to be caught or prosecuted.
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