This is how the Ukraine-Russia conflict began 10 years ago

ER Editor: Kudos to Robin Westenra (SeeMoreRocks substack) for putting this together on the 10 year commemoration of the hideous Odessa massacre in early May of 2014. We recommend viewing Scott Ritter’s video below from yesterday, May 8 2024, in which the specifics of the event are discussed with the former head of Odessa emergency services, Vladimir Bodelan. Westenra includes a SOTT (State of the Nation) piece below that, with analysis and an exhaustive list of related articles.

As a firefighter at that time, Bodelan reveals that in addition to saving many lives that day, the Ukrainian govt. actually blamed the firefighters. Further, those who managed to escape the deliberately-set fire actually had to flee Odessa and/or Ukraine subsequently. Bodelan and his family also had to leave the country in 2015. Justice has not been done so far; western media have nothing to say about it. 

A reminder that back in 2014, we didn’t know oppositional forces within Ukraine were ACTUAL Nazis utilized by US Neocons such as Nuland and Obama to murder pro-Russian citizens who didn’t want a western-backed ‘Maidan’ coup in their country. This deep state coup replaced the democratically elected government under President Viktor Yanukovych, to turn Ukraine into a doorstep NATO threat to Russia. Citizens protesting the coup outside of the Odessa trade union building were pushed inside the building on a pretext, locked in and burned to death. Explosives were also set. Those who jumped out of windows were beaten. Some deceased inside the building seemed to have been stabbed and/or raped before being individually set alight. A link we’ve included just below gives photographic evidence of this.

Articles we’ve previously published on this —

Eight Years Ago, The May 2014 Odessa Massacre: How Neo-Nazi Thugs Supported by Kiev Regime Killed Odessa Inhabitants: Photographic Evidence

Original images from the day can be found here (warning). 

The Odessa Massacre 9 Years On – The West’s Shameful Silence


This is how the Ukraine-Russia conflict began 10 years ago


On episode 71 of the show we are joined by Vladimir Bodelan, former head of the Odessa emergency services, he was in charge of the emergency response on the tragic day of 2nd of May 2014. He is currently the Deputy Governor of the Kherson region and an official representative of the Kherson region in Moscow.

Watch HERE


Odessa massacre 10 years on… Western media silence covers up NATO incrimination


3 May, 2024

Ten years ago this week, a shocking and brutal massacre was perpetrated by supporters of the NATO-backed Kiev regime in Odessa.

At least 42 men and women were murdered on May 2, 2014, when the Trade Unions House in the historic port city was set ablaze by a fascist mob.

Odessa Trade Unions House

Last year to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the atrocity, our weekly editorial provided a rationale for Western silence. We commented:

“In all, 42 people were murdered in the Trade Unions building massacre. Not one attacker was ever prosecuted. The Kiev regime refused to carry out any adequate investigation.

However, the horror of that day was a turning point for many Ukrainians and Russians. It revealed the hideous nature of the regime that had seized power over the country and its vile fascist hostility toward Russia.

This is the regime that was brought to power by Washington and its NATO partners. Since 2014, it has been armed and built up to be a war machine to aggress Russia and obliterate all cultural connections with Russia.

The massacre in Odessa should be remembered for the sake of the victims that day. But also remembered because it helps explain the background of how the present U.S.-led NATO proxy conflict in Ukraine with Russia has come about.

For that reason, Western news media and their governments chose to studiously ignore the Odessa massacre. Their shameful silence is necessary in order to conceal the criminal complicity of the West in Ukraine’s deadly turmoil.”

Now 10 years on, the Western media do not even make any mention of the atrocity. In earlier years, the Western media sought to distort the incident by claiming that it was a confused melee and the tragic result of a clash between unknown rival factions. There were even deplorable attempts by Western media to make out that claims of an atrocity were “Russian disinformation”.

The cover-up has given way to total silence as if the horrific event was consigned to an Orwellian “memory hole”.

Russia continues to call for an international independent investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Kiev regime persists in rebuffing any serious investigation for the simple reason that a thorough probe would probably show that the atrocity was carried out by the leadership of the Kiev regime in collusion with Western intelligence agencies.

What happened in Odessa on May 2, 2014, was not some random event of chaotic violence that got out of control. This is what the Western media initially reported.

No, it seems quite clear now that the massacre was a well-planned, deliberate act of mass murder to terrorize the Ukrainian opposition into complying with the NATO regime. It was an act of state terrorism.

The victims were all from Odessa who had been participating in a peaceful protest outside the landmark building in the city center. The building was closed due to the May Day holiday. As in several other southern and eastern regions of Ukraine at the time, there were many protests against the NATO-sponsored coup in Kiev that had taken place only weeks earlier in February of that year.

Many Ukrainians were not happy – indeed were appalled – that the so-called EuroMaidan coup in Kiev had brought to power ultranationalists and fascists, who glorified Neo-Nazi figures and paramilitaries. Cities like Odessa suffered terribly under Nazi occupation during the Great Patriotic War (WWII). Now they were seeing a regime exulting in those Nazi memories and wanting to banish all Russian cultural connections.

In those pivotal months of 2014, the CIA’s plan to turn Ukraine into an anti-Russian bulwark was not a foregone conclusion due to the formidable opposition to the new regime in cities like Odessa, Kherson and Kharkov – as well as of course the Crimea Peninsula and the Donbass.

Former Odessa lawmaker Vasily Polishchuk, who witnessed the violence that day, testifies that senior figures in the Kiev regime were present in Odessa in the days before May 2. One of those was Andriy Parubiy who had been appointed head of national security. Parubiy is also implicated in the sniper shootings in Kiev on February 20 – a false flag provocation killing dozens of protesters and police officers – that precipitated the coup against the elected pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Two weeks before the Odessa massacre, the then CIA director John Brennan was in Kiev on an unannounced visit. Even some U.S. lawmakers complained at the time that it was not a good look for the United States to be seen collaborating with the Kiev regime. Brennan was not only giving the green light to the “anti-terror operation” (civil war) that the Kiev regime was about to launch against the Donbass. It seems plausible that the United States was also helping to formulate a scorched-earth policy of terror to quell any dissent across Ukraine.

The mass killings in Odessa on May 2 were the selected terror demonstration.

Eyewitnesses tell of how thousands of Kiev regime paramilitaries who had been instrumental in the coup in the capital weeks earlier were bussed into Odessa and put up in camps. Andriy Parubiy was seen inspecting their ranks and overseeing the supply of body armor.

When the anti-Maidan protesters were attacked on May 2, they were herded by baseball-bat-wielding thugs into the Trade Union House. The building was then assailed with incendiary devices.

People who jumped from the blazing building were bludgeoned to death by Neo-Nazi gangs shouting “Death to all Russians”.

The dereliction of duty by the police that day to protect the peaceful protesters and the subsequent quashing of any crime investigation is proof that the security forces were complicit. That could only have been enabled by senior orders most likely issued by those in Kiev.

This is essential background to understand the current conflict in Ukraine and why Russia decided to intervene on February 24, 2022. Moscow maintains that Ukraine is a proxy war orchestrated by the United States and its NATO allies as a geo-strategic confrontation to subjugate Russia. Western regimes and their propaganda media make out that Ukraine is a democracy under aggression from Russia.

Understanding how the Kiev regime was installed with CIA and NATO engineering and how it rapidly used its fascist violence to turn Ukraine into a terror state corroborates the analysis of the current conflict being a Western imperialist proxy war.

The Western-lionized “democracy” has repressed all opposition parties and media.

The United States and its NATO accomplices do not want the Western public to understand the truth about their criminal machinations in Ukraine. These powers want the bloodshed to continue to the last Ukrainian because the war racket is so damn lucrative.

Thus the Western powers must shove episodes like the Odessa massacre down the memory hole and keep a lid on it. It is imperative to keep the fiction going of a democracy under attack otherwise the West’s collusion with a Neo-Nazi regime would reveal the Western powers’ inherent fascism.

Several events and developments around the world – brutal police repression of peaceful protests in the U.S. and Europe, the enabling of genocide by a fascist Israeli regime, the unprovoked aggression toward China, and the nefarious involvement in Ukraine – all point to Western states degenerating into full-fledged fascism.

1) The massacre at the Odessa Trade Unions House on May 2, 2014 was an important turning point for future developments. It was a warning to citizens, especially in the countries that kept silent about this tragedy, as to how much their governments and media are ready to underwrite without even batting an eyelid. A cursory glance at the more than one hundred article on SOTT, that discuss, or just mention the event in passing, reveal undercurrents that are now manifest in the global situation.

2) The article claims the western media has been silent, and several articles relate to this situation.

  1. A look at the false flag in Odessa and the pathetic U.S. media coverage
  2. How Western media protects the right-wing supporters of the new puppet regime in Kiev by covering their murders!
  3. Nazi sympathizers: Ukraine’s political repression is ‘downright funny’ to Western media
  4. Complicit Western media totally silent about U.S.-sponsored genocide in SE Ukraine
  5. The German media and the massacre in Odessa
  6. Avoiding facts? MSM uncertain who is behind deadly Odessa blaze
  7. Best of the Web: ‘Rigorous’ Maidan massacre exposé suppressed by top academic journal
  8. The pathological falsification of reality in Ukraine by U.S. and NATO
  9. Best of the Web: Political repression and resistance in ‘Democratic Europe’
  10. Ukraine neo-Nazi Far Right portrayed as heroes by Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News
  11. How the Western Press has for years hidden Ukraine’s neo-nazi war on Donbass
  12. Best of the Web: Ukraine on Fire: The Oliver Stone documentary the US Empire doesn’t want you to see
  13. Best of the Web: Kiev livid as documentary revealing ugly truth about Maidan ‘revolution’ aired on French TV – EN subs (VIDEO)
  14. Western news blackout: The U.S. media ignores Putin’s peace plan (13 May, 2014!)

3) Below is a mix of articles using various search strings applied to title, summary and text. First those that contain Odessa Trade Union (or Unions) House in the title, next those that mention these terms in the summary and last those that mention them in the main text. There is no system to the numbering, but it makes it easer to find and refer to them later, if needed.

  1. Leaked transcript reveals firefighters delayed response to Odessa Trade Union House fire
  2. Ukraine Interior Ministry’s statement on Odessa fire ‘cynical’ – 46 people killed and over 200 wounded after radicals attacked Odessa’s Trade Union House
  3. Apathy: Ukrainian nationalists sneer at Odessa Trade Union House victims
  4. Pro-West radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Odessa, Ukraine – 39 people die
  5. Ukraine’s neo-Nazis should face tribunal – Russia’s top senator
  6. Flashback Best of the Web: As Ukrainians call for Moscow intervention, EU ‘foreign minister’ Catherine Ashton justifies Kiev junta bloodshed: “The state’s monopoly on the legitimate use of violence needs to be respected”
  7. Flashback The Odessa slaughter: How a vicious mob burnt anti-government activists alive
  8. Ukrainian Neo-Nazis parade through Odessa on seventh anniversary of post-Maidan massacre in which dozens were burned alive
  9. Ukraine: Ultra right wingers stage torchlight march on day that Odessa residents mourn victims of 2014 massacre
  10. Vladimir Putin blasts western double-standards while standing next to Angela Merkel
  11. Remembering the horrific Odessa Massacre three years later
  12. Anniversary of Odessa tragedy: Kiev makes no progress to investigate it
  13. Fascist Ukraine disappears independent journalists and opponents of the Kiev junta
  14. Russian MP suggests Russia open its own international war crimes court to try Kiev junta
  15. The European Union wants Russia to bail out both the EU and Ukraine
  16. Odessa massacre probe falsified? Parliament inquiry member blasts ‘redacted’ results
  17. Our ‘enemies’ in Ukraine speak: People from the Donbass describe the atrocities there
  18. Odessa massacre victims did not die from smoke but died in seconds says emergency service chief
  19. Odessa and Mariupol massacres expose true face of fascist Kiev regime
  20. Odessa massacre 9 days on: Dozens still missing, residents commemorate the dead
  21. Odessa tragedy survivor tells how ‘many people were strangled after escaping the fire’
  22. Lavrov says Odessa tragedy was ‘fascism in action’
  23. Obama’s bloodbath in Odessa – as guilty as anyone in Kiev
  24. The truth about what happened in Odessa, Ukraine: How Bandera psychopaths murdered, raped and burned people alive with the blessing of the Western powers
  25. Washington responsible for fascist massacre in Odessa
  26. Sevastopol declares 3-day mourning for Odessa fire victims
  27. Activists demand ‘murderer’ governor’s resignation over Odessa bloodshed
  28. SOTT Focus: Shades of 911: US-backed anti-Russian attacks by ‘Right Sector’ in Ukraine sees ‘jumpers’ from burning building
  29. NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine and Nazi-linked White Helmets
  30. An eyewitness recalls the 2014 Odessa massacre: ‘An act of genocide’
  31. Eight years ago in Odessa
  32. CIA behind secret plots to kidnap, torture and assassinate Ukrainian dissidents for President Zelensky, says Ukraine defector
  33. Ukraine: The Second World War continues
  34. SOTT Focus: “One less traitor”: Zelensky Oversees Campaign of Assassination, Kidnapping And Torture of Political Opposition
  35. Testimony reveals Zelensky’s secret police plot to ‘Liquidate’ opposition figure Anatoly Shariy
  36. Flashback Burned alive: How the 2014 Odessa massacre became a turning point for Ukraine
  37. Sergey Poletaev: How incompetent leaders put Ukraine on the road to disaster
  38. What did Putin mean by ‘denazification’ of Ukraine and why is it so important?
  39. How a century of political violence in Ukraine is linked to the atrocities of today
  40. Repressions: A detailed list of a disturbing trend in the Ukraine
  41. ‘Why did the Ukrainians have to kill us?’: Refugees fleeing Donbass talk to RT
  42. ‘We will never go back to Ukraine’: DPR fighter jailed for his views by Kiev talks to RT
  43. Belligerent rhetoric & SS-style regalia: Who are Ukraine’s Right Sector and neo-nazi Azov?
  44. Best of the Web: Joe Biden – the show is over! Revealing the tools and programming for implementing a sustainable US coup
  45. Ukrainian Deputy Renat Kuzmin: Zelensky’s party has lost all legitimacy by blaming Russia for Odessa massacre
  46. New York Times reveals America’s weapons-makers drive Trump impeachment
  47. Why are Ukrainian neo-Nazis joining the Hong Kong protests?
  48. Ukraine, Trump, Biden — The story behind the story of “Ukrainegate”
  49. Russian Embassy in US furious over Washington’s silence over Odessa tragedy
  50. Message for progressive left: ‘If you want to see real Nazis, come to Ukraine’
  51. Ukraine Immortal Regiment Victory Day celebrations marred by nationalist violence
  52. Ukrainian Nazi Azov leader threatens new Odessa bloodbath on May 9
  53. UN slams Ukraine for systemic torture, intimidation, rampant human rights abuses
  54. U.S. Government backs fascists who want to destroy Russia
  55. How the Elites in the US rile up its suckers with lies and propaganda
  56. Best of the Web: The reality of Kiev’s repression of anti-fascism in Ukraine
  57. Delusional! Kiev’s ‘Joan of Arc’ arrested – 19 year old Neo-Nazi involved in murder sprees, burglaries
  58. As Ukraine is defaulting Soros wants the EU to pay for his long-term investment
  59. Those maniacs! U.S. government is seeking any excuse to go to war with Russia
  60. The twelve clauses of betrayal written in the Minsk ceasefire agreement
  61. We see whose Security Council this is: UN ignores Russia’s request for Odessa tragedy investigation
  62. Outclassed by Putin: Obama’s war Against Russia backfires
  63. More evidence suggesting MH17 shot at from jet fighter
  64. Ethnic cleansing in Ukraine: Obama is the war criminal, not Putin
  65. ‘Vote at gunpoint,’ anyone? US keen to legitimize ‘good’ election in Ukraine no matter what
  66. Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the key man behind Odessa Massacre: His many connections to the White House
  67. SOTT Focus: Behind the Headlines: Lessons from collapse of USSR for USA: Interview with Dmitry Orlov
  68. Fascists from the Right Sector attempt to enter Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in S.E. Ukraine
  69. Welcome to Nulandistan: A multimedia look at the hell the U.S. and EU have unleashed on Ukraine
  70. Powerplay and cover-up: Kiev protégé allegedly behind Mariupol and Odessa massacres leaked tapes reveal
  71. Mariupol industrialists to form people’s patrols to ensure order in city and ask Ukrainian military to leave immediately
  72. Venezuela won’t recognize Kiev authorities until free elections in Ukraine
  73. Editor of Executive Intelligence Review: US using Ukraine as excuse to provoke confrontation with Russia
  74. Kiev junta brought in 4,000 Right Sector fascists for Operation Odessa
  75. How the Odessa massacre went down: Genocide in Novorossiya and swan song of Ukrainian statehood
  76. Odessa police release 67 anti-govt activists after crowd surrounds police HQ
  77. Ukrainian army attacks eastern cities of Mariupol, Konstantinovka
  78. On the edge of war: Ukrainian military storms Kramatorsk, 1 dead, 9 injured
  79. Best of the Web: Anti-Russian ethnic cleansing operations underway: NATO-trained Right Sector fascists kill 10 civilians in East Ukraine, 40 in South Ukraine
  80. On the Russia-Ukraine crisis: A message from Abp. Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the US
  81. The downfall of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
  82. SOTT Focus: Blowback: An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists
  83. Putin tells Merkel Ukraine’s Minsk peace process all but dead
  84. Best of the Web: The seven Furies challenging the Western Empire: China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Philippines, Yemen and populist movements everywhere
  85. Europe’s technocrats fuming because Dutch voters don’t want Ukraine in the EU
  86. Tactics of repression: The connections between Operation Jade Helm and the Ukrainian Far Right
  87. SOTT Focus: Behind the Headlines: Anti-Empire Report – Interview with William Blum
  88. Ukrainian parliament makes ignoring human rights official policy
  89. South Front, Ukrainian Crisis News: Poroshenko wants Donbass and Crimea, Kiev clamps down on Odessa
  90. Warlord gone mad – How Obama’s aggression in Ukraine risks nuclear war
  91. Best of the Web: The rise of Western fascism
  92. Big trouble ahead: Analysis of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections
  93. Best of the Web: How to start a war and lose an empire: Full-spectrum warfare against Russia, and why it’s backfiring in every possible way
  94. World War 3 in the offing? US-NATO Geo-Political policy will lead to exactly that
  95. By the company you keep: Washington’s top ten favorite terrorists
  96. Anti-Russia propaganda crumples to pieces: All evidence point that MH17 was not downed by a BUK surface-to-air missile!
  97. SOTT Focus: Asymmetric Warfare: MH17 False-Flag Terror and the ‘War’ on Gaza
  98. Best of the Web: The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth
  99. “False flag terrorism” to sustain America’s “humanitarian” agenda
  100. Russian Parliament demands war crimes tribunal for Kiev authorities for bloodbath in Odessa



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