Zelensky to declare nationwide mourning on January 23 over fire in nursing home

Source : 112 Ukraine

15 people died in a fire in Kharkiv nursing home, and five more people were hospitalized
12:53, 22 January 2021

State Emergency Service of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he was going to declare nationwide mourning on January 23 in connection with the deadly fire in Kharkiv nursing home. He said this during a briefing from the site of the tragedy, where he flew on a working visit.

Zelensky expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the fire.

“Once again, my condolences to everyone, relatives, close people, and Kharkiv residents. Unfortunately, the reasons for coming to Kharkiv last year are not very good. But we will investigate this situation. And we understand that this is a very serious challenge. I will sign a decree, tomorrow will be a day of mourning at the state level,” Volodymyr Zelensky said.

A two-story nursing house caught fire in Kharkiv on January 21, killing 15 people. Investigators of the State Bureau of Investigations of Ukraine investigate the case, assuming that workers of the State Emergency Service allowed the neglect of duty, which eventually led to the tragedy. President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the government to create investigation committee; he will personally visit the site of the tragedy on Friday.

Related: Rescuers extinguish fire in a nursing home in Kharkiv, which killed 15 people

Council of Europe's Secretary General expressed condolences to Ukrainians in connection with the tragedy.

Four suspects were detained.

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