Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ukraine strongly condemns Moscow terror attacks

March 30 Kyiv (UKRINFORM) Ukraine strongly condemns the terrorist attacks that killed and injured scores of innocent people in Moscow, reads a letter of condolences of Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko sent to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. "Ukraine strongly condemns these severe and cynical terrorist attacks, which killed and injured dozens of people. Please convey our sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims and wishes for speedy recovery to all those who have suffered from the terrorist attacks," the telegram says. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has already delivered condolences over the Moscow subway explosions, according to the presidential press-service. In his letter to President Dmitry Medvedev, Yanukovych said that 'our country shares the pane of bereavement that hit the Russian Federation'. The Ukrainian President expressed condolences to the families of those killed and injured and the friendly Russian people. No Ukrainian citizen has been found among the Moscow blasts casualties, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. As UKRINFORM reported, powerful explosions rocked two subway stations in central Moscow during the Monday morning rush hour. The first explosion occurred about 8 a.m. at Lubyanka subway station, and another blast happened about 30 minutes later at Park Kultury station, on the same train line. Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by two female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike killing 38 and injuring at least 102. This latest attack, it is widely thought by Russian media referring to their sources in security forces, could be retaliation for a raid last month by Russian forces in Ingushetia, Chechnya's western neighbour, in which 20 insurgents died. Officials have declared Tuesday a day of mourning for the victims.