Gruesome footage shows those trapped jumping from the building in fear as the blaze took hold. Others clung to the outside on ledges waiting for rescue, which was a long time coming.
On the upside Saturday comes news that the OSCE members, and five Ukrainian soldiers, held captive this week have been released. The man responsible for holding them says they were released without conditions.
That however will not be enough to stop forces from Kiev as they try to retake the area.
Opinion: What Kiev and western leaders seem to conveniently forget is that the new leaders in Kiev are not elected. They may be feted by the west and wanted by revoluntionaries in Maidan Square but do they speak for the whole of the Ukraine?
Imagine the west's response if makeshift tents in Maidan Square had been torched by the authorities?
The sooner the Ukraine holds an election the better but that may not resolve the violence. Will all sectors of the Ukraiine be able to field candidates in the May election? If not surely it could leave huge sections of Ukrainian society feeling disenfranchised.
Ukraine has gone from an imploding country to an exploding one.
As for the USA, they called the unrest "unacceptable" and called on all sides to work together to restore order following the "tragedy". Hollow sounding words.
We will update this fast-moving story as events unfold
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