Odessa, the day after


Ukraine, spring 2014. After the Maidan riot and the defenestration of Janukovict, the country is plunged into a political crisis.
In March Russian soldiers have occupied and, after a referendum not recognized by the international community, annexed the Crimea.
In the East, in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions part of the population occupied the central government offices, claiming independence.
Odessa is the most important port on the Black Sea, close to Transnistria (the unrecognized separatist republic in Moldovan territory) and where most part of the population speak native Russian language.
The May/2th a rally for national unity was stormed by separatist and Militia (Ukrainian police) and four Ukrainian nationalist was killed by gunfire.
Nationalists reacted and then stormed the separatist gathering in front of the trade union building were they launched Molotov cocktails.
Separatists run to the building which don't have emergency exit and quickly surrounded to became the object of Molotov cocktails throwing.
The police was quiet, this caused also a delay for the firefighters arrival. The final outcome of this latest attack was over forty people dead. In the following days there were other events, from one side and the other, but the most interesting thing was that people entered the building to commemorate the victims of the massacre, light a candle, a prayer... I followed this mourning for few days until May 9, the celebration of the Red Army victory against Nazist, focusing on the pain, the signs and symbols of mourning.

Orthodox people in procession in front of the trade unions building.

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A child walk among the mourning flowers.

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To remember the victims.

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A WWII veteran came to commemorate the victims during the celebration of the victory the May/9th

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Relatives of a victim.

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Slobodan Milosevic is very popular among pro-Russians.

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Inside the building some people went to commemorate the victims during the May/9th celebration.

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A recess on the wall can become a small altar.

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Stairs and desks to block a door. This room, to the side from the burning, was totally untouched by the fire.

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Gas mask, worker's helmets and a holy picture, probably used by the victims.

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Flowers on a window hit by a molotov.

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During the celebration of WWII victory some people were up on the top roof to put a Soviet flag.

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Old photos founded on a room.

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A woman pray and cry for the victims, in a room where some people died.

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A "baboushka" (an elderly woman) inside the building.

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A wall marked with a victim's print.

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An angry man write: "Death to enemy", with chalk.

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A woman and a man try to save what remained of the documents.

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Inside the building.

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Carnation, symbol of mourning.

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