Pro-Russian activists surround Odessa police HQ, demand release of detainees

by Reuters
Sunday, 4 May 2014 12:52 GMT

KIEV, May 4 (Reuters) - Hundreds of pro-Russian activists surrounded a police station in the southern port city of Odessa on Sunday, calling for the release of their comrades detained after a fire and fighting killed more than 40.

"They are just standing there and shouting for us to release the detainees," a spokesman for the regional police said.

He said about 170 people were initially detained after pro-Russian activists clashed with supporters of Ukrainian unity on Friday, but since then about 50 had been released. (reporting by Natalia Zinets, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Ralph Boulton)