Ukraine expressed its grief and condolences to Turkey due to the tragedy in Istanbul that occurred January 12.
“Instanbul. Sultanahmet Square. Terrorism can’t be justified. We are by the Turkish people’s side!”, President Petro Poroshenko tweeted.
Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk “decisively condemned terrorism in any of its manifestations”, as quoted by press service of the government.
Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Greusman sent a telegram to his Turkish counterpart Ismail Kahraman. “With deep grief, I learned about the explosion that took place in the downtown Istanbul and led to numerous human casualties”, the Parliament’s press service reported.
Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister, tweeted the following: “The terrorist act in Istanbul is highly grievous. My most sincere condolences. No fear. Only decisiveness and loyalty to the just cause – combating terrorism”.
As is known, in the early morning of January 12, a blast occurred at the Sultanahmet square in the Turkish capital. At least 10 people were killed and 15 were wounded by the explosion. According to some sources, some of the perished were German tourists. The police says the explosion could have been caused by the suicide bomber.
Ukraine’s Foreign Office so far has no information whether any Ukrainian citizen suffered in the accident.