Victim of Ukraine violence laid to rest

Odessa, Ukraine -

Pro-Russian activists in the Black Sea port city of Odessa have vowed to take city buildings after attending the funeral of a politician who died in a fire that killed over 40 people last week.

Mourners grieve at the coffin of Vyacheslav Markin, a regional parliament deputy who died in a fire at the trade union building on Friday, at his funeral in Odessa. Picture: Gleb Garanich. Credit: REUTERS

Regional parliament member Vyacheslav Markin, who was known for speaking out against the government in Kiev, was buried on Monday while about 300 pro-Russian supporters shouted “Hero, hero!” Markin died on Sunday from burn wounds sustained in Friday's fire.

Many of those at the funeral wore the St George black-and-orange ribbon that has become a ubiquitous symbol of the pro-Russian protest movement in Ukraine and said they were planning to storm the regional government building in Odessa later that afternoon.

Pro-Russian militants have seized administrative buildings and police stations across much of southern and eastern Ukraine. - Sapa-AP