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Two men who were killed in Simferopol to be awarded posthumously

March 22, 2014, 14:55 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
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SIMFEROPOL, March 22, /ITAR-TASS/. Aid and support will provided for the families of the Crimean self-defence force member and the Ukrainian serviceman who were killed by unidentified shooters in Simferopol, Kryminform news agency cites Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov as saying. The premier attended the civil funeral ceremony to pay last respects to the two men in the House of Officers in Simferopol on Saturday.

"I guarantee material aid and support," he said, adding "the heroes will be awarded."

He expressed condolences to relatives and friends of the serviceman and the self defence force member. "Blessed memory. We are proud of them. They are our heroes," Aksyonov said. He laid flowers at the two coffins.

A civil mourning ceremony was held in Simferopol on Saturday to pay last respects to the self-defence force member and the Ukrainian serviceman, who were shot dead by unidentified shooters on March 18.

The ceremony began on Saturday morning in the House of Officers in central Simferopol. Guards of honour stood near the coffins. Behind them were flags of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine with black ribbons. An orchestra played mourning music.

Together with relatives, Cossacks, policemen, Berkut members and members of the Crimean self-defence force gathered in the hall. Other Simferopol residents also came to pay last respects to the two men. Many brought flowers.

Unidentified persons opened fire at Kubanskaya Street in Simferopol on March 18. Crimean self-defence force members and servicemen of a Ukrainian military unit based there came under the fire, which was opened from one point. Two people were killed, and two were wounded. A criminal case has been opened over the murder.

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