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Armenians of Odessa are not going to leave the city

  • by Nana Martirosyan

  • Wednesday, May 7, 09:56

The Armenian community of Odessa is in safety and is not involved in the disorders going on in the city, the head of the community Samvel Tigranyan told ArmInfo.

He said that no single Armenian has been injured in the disorders. "We are living a normal life and are not going to leave the city," Tigranyan said.

Clashes between federalization activists on one side and fans of the Odessa and Kharkiv football teams on the other, joined by Euromaidan activists, broke out in Odessa on May 2. Pro-Kiev radicals blockaded the anti-government protesters in the House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire. The city's Prosecutor's Office said a total of 46 people died in the violence and almost 200 others sustained injuries.

On May 5 representative of Odessa's Jewish community Refael Kruskal said that the almost 30,000 local Jews were ready to leave the city if violence was applied to civilians.

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