Europe ignoring rise of `fascism` in Ukraine: Russia

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:33

Moscow: Russia on Wednesday accused Europe of ignoring the rise of "fascism" in Ukraine and demanded a full investigation into the death of dozens of pro-Kremlin activists in Odessa violence last week.

"For many years, Europe has been turning a blind eye to how fascism has been gaining new supporters, how its proponents are recruiting new followers," news agencies quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying at a public reception in Moscow.

"What happened in Odessa on May 2 is pure fascism," said Lavrov.

"We will not allow the facts to be swept under the carpet, as the ruling coalition is now trying to do."

A blaze at a trade union building in the southern Ukrainian port city left 42 people dead -- mostly pro-Russian militants -- after running battles with supporters of the new government in Kiev.

Ukraine`s pro-Western interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenkyuk has accused Russia of planning the riots that resulted in the deaths.

AFP

First Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:33

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