46 die in Odessa blaze as Ukraine violence spreads

KIEV (CIHAN)- At least 46 people were killed in a “criminal” blaze in Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa, as violence spread across the country during the bloodiest day since Kiev’s Western-backed government took power.

Ukraine’s interior ministry said at least 46 people had died in the fire Friday, with local media reporting that pro-Russian militants were believed to have been in the burning building at the time.

Most of those who were killed died from smoke inhalation, while others perished trying to escape by jumping out of windows. Russia said it was “outraged” as the scenic port city became a new front in an escalating months-long crisis that has sparked fears of a Russian invasion.

Previously, the administration had said such measures would only come into force if Russia sent its estimated 40,000 troops over the border.

The unrest in Ukraine started with peaceful demonstrations in Kiev in November against then president Viktor Yanukovych but has rapidly degenerated into a full-blown global crisis.

After a deadly crackdown on protesters, Yanukovych was forced out and replaced with the Western-backed administration. That sparked fury in Moscow, which responded with a blitz annexation of Crimea.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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