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Crimean blast: Day of mourning declared in Ukraine's Ternopil region

21 people died, as a result of the terrorist attack
16:40, 19 October 2018

Sergy Aksyonov

A day of mourning was declared in Ternopil region in connection with the death of the Ukrainians during the terrorist attack in Kerch in temporarily occupied Crimea, reports the press office of Ternopil Regional State Administration.

As a sign of grief, the State flag of Ukraine with a black ribbon will be lowered. Also, entertainment and concert events will be limited on the territory of the region.

Related: Citizens say goodbye to victims of Kerch massacre

‘This is the tragedy of all Ukrainian people since the accident happened to our fellow citizens, who are in Crimea under the temporary occupation of the northern aggressor country. No matter where the Ukrainians die - it is a tragedy. This is why the Ukrainian side does everything possible to help the victims. Because all these children who suffered were born on the Ukrainian territory,’ Head of Ternopil Regional State Administration Stepan Barna claimed this.

According to him, the support of our fellow citizens concerns not only those who live in temporarily occupied Crimea but in Donbas too.

Related: Russia might set up provocations after Kerch shooting, - Border Guard Service

‘Unfortunately, innocent Ukrainian people suffer due to toxic ambitions of the Kremlin. From our side, we need to make every effort, so that they receive assistance, support, and facilitation on the territory of Ukraine. Kerch tragedy makes us be alerted because it leads to associations with similar crimes of the Kremlin against its citizens in Russia.

Related: Ukraine's Balukh transferred to Kerch penal colony

As 112 International reported earlier, an 18-year-old student opened fire inside the college's building, killing 21 and wounding over 50 people. Fifteen died instantly, the rest passed away later at a hospital. 

Seventeen caskets were brought onto the city's central square. One of the deceased will be buried according to a Muslim tradition, without the casket. The remaining victims will rest in other localities of the annexed peninsula and in Russia.

Related: Russia checks Kerch shooter for ties with Ukraine's Right Sector, - media

The streets were shut off and the traffic limited, respectively. The local authorities announced a three-days-long mourning for the victims of the tragedy.

The very first reports on the tragedy that occurred on Thursday said that an explosion thundered at a college in Kerch, the town in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Related: Crimean blast - what is known so far about Kerch shooter

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