Egypt plane crash and MH17: different reactions in Ukraine and Russia

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Ways of emotional expression
15:25, 3 November 2015

Crash of Russian plane in Egypt

Inhabitants of Kyiv brought flowers, candles, and toys to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. Thus, Ukrainians responded to the deaths of 224 people in the A-321 crash in Egypt on October 31.

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“The Ukrainians always feel with the Russians, when they suffer some tragedy. It has been so in 1999, when apartment blocks were blown in Moscow, when there were explosions in subway, when Islamist terrorists seized spectators of “Nord-Ost” musical in 2002, and for many other times”, it is stated in one of addresses, left on the fence of the Russian Embassy by empathic citizens.

In the day of tragedy, President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk expressed their condolences to relatives of people killed in the crushed Airbus.

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However, the Russian media have published information that many Ukrainians express satisfaction and are going to celebrate the fact of Russian aircraft crush, in which four citizens of Ukraine have also died.

Thousands of Ukrainians took the news of the collapse of the Russian aircraft in Egypt as a great joy and leeringly discuss what happened in the forums. So, Ukrainian news portals even had to remove several thousand comments, in which Ukrainian joy came over all bounds”, reports

In Russia, crash of its own aircraft is met with mourning on the highest level, similar tragedies of other nations are responded far chillier.

Crash of MH17

Referring to case of MH17, shoot down over territories of Donbas, controlled by Russia-backed militants on July 17, 2014, several parallels and dissimilarities may be drawn. Ukrainians have demonstrated deep condolence, putting hundreds of flowers and toys to the doors of Dutch, Malaysian, and other embassies of countries, which citizens died in the accident. For the majority of them, it was not an act of political expediency, but sincere feelings.

And there are too much examples – from sending round fake proofs of Ukrainian guilt (the most vivid example: militants’ leader Igor Girkin-Strelkov has stated after the accident, that “the corpses [of MH17 victims] were musty”, and therefore the crush was simulated and orchestrated by Ukraine and the West) to Russian veto on the UN Security Council resolution to establish the international tribunal over the tragedy.

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Russian representative to the UN Vitaliy Churkin voting against the resolution on MH17

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