BARNAUL, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. The Altai region in Russia’s Siberia is ready to send humanitarian assistance to the residents of the Crimea, the region’s governor, Alexander Karlin, announced on Monday.“The people of Ukraine are our brothers, and we really mean it,” he said. “Ukraine has to struggle through a very tragic period these days, and Russia will continue helping this brotherly nation in any case.”
“There are currently more than 32,000 ethnic Ukrainians resident in the Altai region,” Karlin said. “Many people have their friends and families in Ukraine. Our region is ready to render support for the residents of the Crimea and to send humanitarian aid to our fraternal people who are in trouble”.
The governor added that the region was ready to help the Ukrainian citizens who would choose the Altai region as their permanent place of residence.