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Saturday 23 August 2014

At least 38 killed in fire in southern Ukraine

Published 02/05/2014 | 20:01

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Police in the Ukrainian city of Odessa said 38 people have died as the result of a building fire that broke out during a clash between pro-Russia demonstrators and supporters of the central government in Kiev.

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Police said the fire broke out in a trade union building but did not give details on how it started. An earlier police statement put the death toll at 38.

Police earlier said at least three people had died in a clash between the two sides.

Until now, Odessa, a key port on Ukraine's southern Black Sea coast, had largely been free of the unrest that has been gripping eastern parts of Ukraine in recent weeks.

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