- Posted May 4, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Raw Video from Clashes in Odessa, Ukraine
I watched at least 500 pro-Russian demonstrators running toward the pro-Ukrainian marchers in an aggressive fashion, wielding batons and pipes over their heads and shouting as they ran. Many were also wearing "body armor" and helmets as well as other protective gear, giving me the impression they were there specifically to fight.
In the footage you can see at least one stun grenade explode. There are also faint sounds of sporadic gun fire in the distance. Moments after I stopped filming I witnessed what appeared to be a man shot in the chest at close range with an assault rifle. The man then fell to the ground. When I returned to the site the next day, there were flowers and a makeshift memorial on that corner and blood stains on the sidewalk, so it is possible (but I cannot say for certain because of the chaos on the ground) that I witnessed the death of one of the four people who died in the space shown in my video.