On May 2014, 48 people were killed and more than 250 injured during clashes between members of the notorious radical Right Sector group and the opponents of the Euromaidan coup, which had taken place in Ukraine a few months before that. The majority of the victims were burned alive or suffocated from smoke inhalation at the local House of Trade Unions, where they’d tried to hide from the nationalists. The Right Sector is suspected of having set the building on fire deliberately. However, seven years since the tragedy, Ukrainian investigators still haven’t identified the culprits.
On Saturday, numerous people assembled at the square in front of the House of Trade Unions to lay flowers and commemorate those who died. There was a heavy police presence in the area as well as elsewhere in the city, with additional officers reportedly deployed from the capital, Kiev.