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  • An anti-fascist activist sits in front of policemen guarding the burned trade union building in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.

    An anti-fascist activist sits in front of policemen guarding the burned trade union building in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa. | Photo: AFP

Clashes broke out on Orthodox Easter despite a ceasefire meant to start Saturday.

Three were reported killed in Donetsk, Ukraine on Sunday from shelling despite a ceasefire, two years after the deadliest day of fighting between pro-Russian anti-fascists and government forces.

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Both sides said they were shelled, with Ukraine’s spokesperson in the east reporting one military casualty and a resistance news agency reporting two dead fighters. At least 11 were injured.

The parties had agreed to restart a ceasefire on Saturday night, but Ukraine deployed thousands of military personnel on Orthodox Easter Sunday, especially at the site of the deadly fire two years ago in Odessa.

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On May 2, 2014, 48 anti-fascists and trade unionists were killed when neo-Nazis set fire to the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine. The fascists had attacked a protest encampment, which also resulted in hundreds of injured. Since that time, victims of the attack have been forced to leave the country, while others were arrested and put on trial, while the perpetrators of the attack were never charged.

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A delegation from the European Union said Monday that Ukraine must conduct an “independent and transparent investigation” into the 2014 events, which Russia says was deliberate arson.

Fighting has been consistent in Ukraine since the Feb. 2014 toppling of the the democratically-elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, and so far has claimed more than 9,300 lives.


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