Russia has made May 2 in Odessa a sacred date. In 2014, a march “For the Unity of Ukraine” was planned on this day, but after the intervention of the anti-Maidan, the peaceful procession turned into a massacre. UNIAN found out what is happening in South Palmyra now, how the city lives, and what experts think about the possible development of events.
In 2014, at the beginning of May, thousands of citizens became participants in mass riots in Odessa, and the first victims were two pro-Ukrainian activists who were shot right in the center of the city. Then four more died from similar bullet wounds here – in the area of Greek Square. Then the supporters of independence came to the Kulikovo field, to the anti-Maidan camp. A fire broke out in the House of Trade Unions – another 42 people died due to fire, smoke, falling from the windows of the burning building. More than 200 people were injured that day…
Removed instructions for the DRG and a lot of weapons
This year, there are no plans to celebrate the events of 8 years ago in Odessa: in order to avoid provocations, a protracted “curfew” was announced in the city, which will be in effect from the evening of May 1 to the morning of May 3.
Russian “liberators” began preparations for the landmark date as early as Easter, launching seven missiles at South Palmyra. One of them hit a residential high-rise building – 7 people died, the other – turned the cemetery around. The incident shocked the inhabitants of Odessa: among the dead were a 3-month-old girl and a pregnant woman, a resident of the city, who was cleaning the graves, was seriously injured. And, if earlier some of the local residents believed that the bombing of the Black Sea pearl would bypass, now they have parted with this hope.
Moreover, just a few days later, the invaders bombed the bridge across the Dniester estuary – the connection between Odessa and the south of the region. The absence of casualties is a real miracle, because this section of the road is always busy. The overpass is now closed. Getting to the regional center from several districts has become a big problem.
Following the bridge, the runway at the airport was bombed… As Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov noted, it took five years to build it. The project took about 10 years to complete.
“The long-awaited opening last year was not even a national, but a global event. Odessa has reached a new level of development – both in terms of infrastructure and tourism. Thanks to the new lane, we expected a huge influx of tourists from all over the world, but instead received a rocket blow,” the mayor emphasized, adding that the strip would be restored after the victory…
The SBU in the Odessa region claims that the occupiers want to undermine the situation on the eve of May 2. Propagandists use the events of 8 years ago to impose their own version of the tragic events, sow discord and enmity in Ukrainian society.
“To do this, they are going to present a new” documentary “. Moreover, the actors in it will be soldiers from the army of the invaders,” the department said.
The Ukrainian special service neutralized a powerful criminal group in Odessa, which agreed to cooperate with the enemy and wanted (in the event of the capture of the city) to join the occupying “power”. According to the press center of the SBU, the leaders and members of criminal groups were detained, among them Emil Varshavsky and Peyzulaev, well-known in criminal circles.
“Collaborators kept in touch with representatives of the Russian Federation, “reported” to them about the situation in the region, terrorized and intimidated the local population. Some members of the group joined the ranks of the terrorist defense in order to collect information about the Ukrainian military in the Odessa region,” the secret service claims.
The attackers were supposed to “hunt” law enforcement officers and patriotic activists.
In turn, the Department of Strategic Investigations of the National Police announced a large-scale development of the region. In particular, it was established that the special services of the Russian Federation, through controlled representatives of criminals, planned to destabilize the situation in the Odessa region by inciting mass riots, organizing mass protests and riots that could lead to undermining statehood.
“According to the plans of the enemy, they were supposed to influence and act through their proxies who settled in the Odessa region. The final date for the implementation of criminal plans was to be the anniversary of the tragic events – May 2,” the department said.
In the course of the mentioned mining, a lot of weapons, communist paraphernalia, advertising brochures with communist and other symbols prohibited in Ukraine, manuals with instructions on the rules of conduct, conspiracy and surveillance measures for the work of sabotage and reconnaissance groups were seized. In addition, grenades, cartridges, mobile phones, electronic media were found.
Special issue of “Pridnestrovie” printed in April
According to Vladislav Nazarov, a representative of the “South” operational command, the enemy is trying to exert psychological pressure on the population of the regions bordering Pridnestrovie. Frightening threat of invasion of Russian troops from the self-proclaimed republic.
The occupiers even prepared in advance the circulation of the newspaper “Pridnestrovie” with a fake appeal of the inhabitants of the PMR to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with a request for protection from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In other words, on the eve of May 2, the enemy’s campaign continues to loosen Odessa, the border regions, as well as the incitement of pro-Russian forces.
“Information was received promptly about a sabotage preparation – the circulation of the Pridnestrovie newspaper dated May 2, 2022 with an allegedly official appeal from the inhabitants of Pridnestrovie to Putin …”, Nazarov said.
Yury Shvets, a former employee of the Soviet special services and Putin’s classmate at the KGB higher school, also spoke about the “preparation” living in the United States. In particular, a well-known analyst says that he was sent a photo of the completely laid-out newspaper “Pridnestrovie. Special issue”, which is dated May 2, 2022.
He was told that these were real copies of a real newspaper printed in the Russian Federation. Its circulation is already being brought to Pridnestrovie in order to distribute it on May 2, after certain events… The analyst believes: one can expect anything and unequivocally prepare for the worst option.
A photo of the newspaper “Pridnestrovie” with a fake appeal to Putin was distributed on the network
On the front page of this “special issue”, under the heading “Victory will be ours!”, there is an editorial. It says: “The bloody terrorist attacks that hit Transnistria on these May holidays are dozens of people killed, including children, the elderly and women.”
The authors blame Kyiv and NATO for these “acts of terror” and claim that some of those responsible for the attack on the PMR have already been destroyed. They say that tattoos were found on their bodies, proving their belonging to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the nationalist battalions of Ukraine…
“Well, we didn’t unleash this war. But Russia, which is ending wars, is with us. Its President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and its great people, as well as the fraternal republics of the DPR and LPR are with us. the Nazis flooded our land, and we are hungry for revenge!”, – quoted Shvets.
According to him, the above-mentioned “appeal” of the PMR residents to Putin is posted nearby. In it, they thank the President of the Russian Federation for the already given consent to replenish “tens of thousands of people in the army of the PMR, directly on the territory of the Russian Federation.”
The expert wonders how this “replenishment” will end up on the territory “surrounded” by the PMR? And he gives the possible scenarios for the development of events.
For example, in his opinion, some gangs can be formed in the Russian Federation, which, “hiding behind” the armed forces of Transnistria, will fight against Ukraine. Thus, in the case of the use of, say, chemical weapons, other war crimes, this can be attributed to the mythical APU of the PMR.
In the Pridnestrovian village of Kolbasnoye there is the largest warehouse of ammunition and weapons in Eastern Europe. From Odessa to this place by car – about an hour’s drive. And the Russian Federation initially planned to take possession of this arsenal. But the forces for such a breakthrough, according to the expert, are not the same for the Russian amphibious assault. Another option is to do it with transport aircraft. Still – they can blow up these warehouses and accuse Ukraine of all mortal sins.
Shvets expressed hope that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are aware of all this and will not allow the enemy to take ammunition out of the PMR. The expert believes that the lack of victory that Putin promised in the war with Ukraine, indicating a specific date – May 9, the President of the Russian Federation seeks to somehow compensate for the monstrous bloody provocation in the PMR. Shvets recalls the events of 1999 (when Putin became president of Russia).
“Then he was declared the heir to Boris Yeltsin, but Putin’s rating was 2%. It was necessary to sharply raise this figure, for which a series of terrorist attacks were then staged, during which apartment buildings in the Russian Federation (Moscow, Volgodonsk, Buynaksk) were blown up. Hundreds died under their rubble citizens of the Russian Federation. All in order to bring Putin to power. With such a background, organizing a terrorist attack in Transnistria is as easy as shelling pears,” the former intelligence officer is sure.
He calls on the PMR population to be careful not to become a bargaining chip in a bloody game.
“I love you life…”
Despite the threats, life in South Palmyra goes on as usual. Of course, not as stormy and cheerful as before February 24th. But in the city center they give free concerts. Odessans sip coffee and listen to virtuosos performing on … an ordinary balcony. Let behind the plywood-covered windows, but some cafes function. Smiling waitresses are glad to every visitor. There aren’t many of them, of course, but they do exist.
Some shops are open. Prices, as they say, are not always encouraging. “Bites” and the cost of products in the markets. Potatoes, carrots, beets… All this, in principle, is… Bananas have risen in price, there is practically no buckwheat, but you can buy vermicelli. One of the “milk” lines has disappeared: a problem for those who are lactose intolerant.
“Nothing, and we’ll survive it,” the neighbor sighs in the stairwell.
But in one of the supermarkets, before the memorial days, inexpensive chicken eggs were “thrown away”. “You need to take …” – says a pretty woman, pointing her finger at the goods. “Don’t take, but grab!” the elderly lady echoes her. Typical Odessa approach…
Pharmacies are not all open. People are patiently waiting in line. No one argues, no one pushes, no one tries to get ahead.
An old woman is walking in the park. About a week ago, rockets flew over here, the same ones that killed the baby. The pensioner saw these messengers of death, now periodically looks at the sky, crosses herself and “sticks” to some guys. She is holding old books: “Buy something.” A young man hands over a twenty: “Grandma, go home …”.
Even children “discuss” the war. A little boy “shoots” from a plastic pistol: “Get out of here, nasty invaders! My bunny is wounded and wants to go home!” The baby in the sandbox quickly joined the game: she falls backwards right into the sand …
Teenagers sat on the bench – a young couple. The girl cries: “You see, mom wants to leave. She says it’s time, but how can I be without you?!” First feeling, great love…
Returning home, I buy scotch tape and soap in a stall. “Have a good weekend,” the saleswoman sighs. Another customer asks for a roll of toilet paper. “I love you, life, well, and you love me – again and again …”, the man sings. This is Odessa.
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