Odessa Khatyn. A year later
Colonel Cassad, May 2 2015
One year has passed from the Odessa Khatyn. That day the morning rattled the second assault of Slavyansk, junta troops started moving toward the city, from the Karachun flew flares and rattled the small battle, the city fell down a militia helicopter. The fighting continued all day, their scale has increased, this has not seen since the war began. But by evening, military reports suddenly wedged Odessa, where he started to get scary, surreal footage of the burned alive and tortured to death people who have opened a new page in the civil war in Ukraine. Despite the fact that by May 2 2014 the victims of this war were many, the murders, the largest since the killings in Kiev, was out of general number, not only the number of victims, but also a new level of cruelty, which even then seemed something impossible. Now, when we’ve seen enough of those killed by the Nazis of women and children, destroyed cities and the terrible traces of fighting, the shrillness of the Odessa tragedy a few dim. We are used to where you cannot get used.
But then, May 2 2014 Odessa caused widespread shock the public conscience, which the war on Ukraine was divided into before and after the Odessa Khatyn. For many, Odessa has become a point of no return, after which to talk about a unified Ukraine federalization, reconciliation and coexistence was impossible. It was after the Odessa Khatyn, the term fascism as applied to the Kiev junta has found the inner content, as people finally saw the familiar only from the books the face of fascism came to power and engaged in open terror. Event 2 Odessa purposefully prepared and was not something accidental. On the background of the war in the Donbass, the junta was very important to pacify Odessa, where he continued in the open and there was even a local analogue of the constant “Maidan” near the house of trade Unions. By that time it was smashed open resistance in Kharkov and Zaporozhye, which was choking the forces brought gangs “self-defense Maidan”, who took the side of the junta militia and foreign mercenaries. Odessa were next on the list. It was supposed to be followed Mariupol.
The main objective of the junta was as hard to suppress overt resistance in Odessa and in fact to establish its authority in the city, which until that moment had not been fully effective due to the fluctuations of local officials and police. Since its forces, the junta was not enough, in addition to loyal junta police officers in the city were imported football ultras and the militants of the “self”. Among the famous training providers the incident of the bloody events were Kolomoisky and Parubiy. The local police chief Fuchedzhi and the local Governor (later replaced by protege Kolomoisky Mace), know about what should happen in advance and cleared the area. The police and a number of municipal services knowing that the city will clash and blood will be shed, in fact, being resolved to imported fighters could easily make his case. Later, responsibility for the Odessa Khatyn was trying to put the blame on people like Fuchedzhi that were just complicit, but not the organizers of the massacre occurred and are gotten rid of (Fuchedzhi fled in Transnistria), when the need for them has disappeared.
As subsequent events showed, the forces were very unequal. Local antimaidan (despite internal contradictions) has exceeded the number of local righties and Bandera, but at the expense of brought in reinforcements from Central Ukraine, the enemy gained an advantage, and which have used. During armed clashes in the city, which happened almost at the connivance of the police, especially in its leadership, the advantage of the enemy in numbers, organization quickly began to take its toll and by the evening of may 2, clashes began to develop in adverse antimaidan direction. Under the pressure of superior enemy forces, some activists began to retreat to the camp near the trade Union house, which actually happened Odessa Khatyn. Some people vaguely knew what was happening, something bad, and immediately left the camp, which was the purpose of advancing Bandera. But not everyone left, some people stayed behind to protect the camp or in any case to find shelter in the House of trade Unions, believing that it still fights the times of the buttings of antimaidan, and not a civil war, where enemies kill you. Forces by this time were clearly unequal, so camp near the trade Union House was burned in a matter of minutes, which is good training system shows exactly this scenario. Then began the most terrible. People who tried to escape the building, there was already waiting on the upper floors because of what the shelter has turned into a trap. In already torched the building, began to break the Nazis and kill fleeing people, those who tried to jump out of Windows, were beaten and killed on the street without hesitating of television cameras captured the events. Screams kill people echoed over the square. It occurred in the country, which boasted that it is “European”.
All this occurred against the background of the inaction of the police and firefighters who appeared on the scene exactly when the fear has passed. It was around this time the network got the first eerie footage of what happened inside the House of trade Unions, severely burned bodies of people who took a terrible death, traces of blood on the walls and those smeared fingerprints on the glass which has become a symbol of the Odessa Khatyn. Those who saw it, could not believe that this is happening. It seemed to many that the allegations of fascism in Ukraine is a myth, propaganda phantom. But the scales fell from my eyes. On the background of the incident, even repulsed the assault of Slavyansk somewhat faded. Burned people alive, strangled the woman and the triumph of the mad blood Bandera posing for a picture with corpses and happily reporting on TV that “it’s done” in the background cheering biomass. Of course, any government investigation of mass murder can not speak, as the investigation actually did those who organized murder. Europe in the framework of the traditional double standards these murders is also ignored. In Ukraine it was announced that “people burned themselves.” Later on the same logic will be shelling cities of Donbass “terrorists are shelling themselves.” Undisguised cynicism has become the norm, “crispy Colorados” became an occasion for jokes “new Europeans” who rode happily around the fire, which burned their country. What began as protests against the refusal of signing a meaningless piece of paper, all resulted in the mass murder of their own citizens, the country was plunged into collective madness twisted the world of fascism.
For me the incident was not in itself a surprise, for me, the genesis of the situation became apparent shortly before the coup, but with the way it happened, accept that it was impossible and for me personally, Odessa Khatyn was another very strong argument in favour of the fact that the current regime in Kiev will have to be replaced because it will be even worse. And actually not feeling cheated, then it was even worse, although it would seem too much. I then wrote that on May 2 in Odessa burned in the first place not the citizens of Odessa, as Ukraine itself under the joyful laughter of the inhumans. So in fact occurred. After Odessa, despite a year of negotiations and ceasefires, three have already fallen off from Ukraine the field and don’t think to go back and burned people in Odessa turned thousands of coffins from Donbass, where among the dead “defenders of a United Ukraine” we just saw a terrible scorched bodies that looked like payback for Odessa. But the main perpetrators are still in power and for them the retribution has not yet come.
Odessa itself was intimidated and now actually lives in the regime of internal occupation. Repeated arrests interspersed with forays underground, continued in the past year. Those who thought that if then we can sit back and what is happening does not concern them, began to catch up with the harsh reality – the standard of living began to fall, with Donbass stretched string of coffins, ataskaita started coming agenda, where they were prepared for the role of cannon fodder, their friends and acquaintances could arrest on suspicion of disloyalty. Trying to be outside of politics, people have reaped the full fruits of this “apolitical.” Trying to escape from war, people completely fully “enjoyed” its effects, even though it was in their power to prevent her active citizenship. The atomization of society and consumer consciousness in the end created a sufficient ground for fascism triumphed and was able to proceed to open terror. People just do not understand that the costs of the protests in the spring of 2014 will be much less than the price that Ukraine will pay for your stay junta in power. This price is already tens of thousands of lives. And as shown last year this price will be terrible. Awareness of this will come sooner or later but victims of the Ukrainian tragedy it has not come back, not back already and the lives of those who laid down their lives in the crucible of the Odessa Khatyn.
Maybe I would arouse in you hatred. But this is not what we need right now. We need a clear understanding of the crime of fascism and how to fight it. We must understand that these murders are only the gestures of a thug, a dangerous bandit: fascism. And to subdue the bandit is only one way: soundly beating him. – Hemingway
Artem Grishanov – 2 may.
Died in Odessa on may 2.
A Commemoration meeting in Yekaterinburg