Police find grenades in underpass near Odesa rally site
Security is tightened in Odesa ahead of the wake.
Police have found three grenades in an underpass close to the Odesa railway terminal and Kulykove Pole, the area where pro-opposition activists are planning to hold a wake for the victims of the 2 May 2014 clashes, a spokesperson for the National Police's main directorate in Odesa Region, Darya Yarchuk, has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The Interior Ministry's spokesperson, Artem Shevchenko, later identified the grenades as two RGD-5 and one F-1.
Access to Kulykove Pole where the mourning rally is due at 2 p.m. Kyiv time has been blocked by police after a bomb alert.
Earlier, police found an explosive similar to a smoke grenade in central Deribasivska Street and detained a 20-year-old man on suspicion of connection to it.
Kulykove Pole was popular with local separatists in the spring 2014. On 2 May 2014, clashes broke out between the supporters of the pro-European and pro-Russian political course for Ukraine. As a result, several dozen people were wounded and killed, including in the fire in the Trade Union House. Fourty-five people were confirmed killed in the 2 May incidents in Odesa.