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Putin expresses condolences over barracks collapse tragedy in Siberia — spokesman

July 13, 2015, 9:44 UTC+3

The fate of five servicemen remains unknown

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS

MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to ensure the necessary medical assistance to the victims in the collapse of the military barracks in Omsk, in southwestern Siberia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"The supreme commander-in-chief receives reports of the defence minister on the rescue works, and the minister has been ordered to ensure all the necessary medical assistance to the victims in the accident. The reports of the Defence Ministry are sent to the president on the regular basis," Peskov said.

Putin has expressed condolences to the relatives of the servicemen killed in the accident and also to the whole Russian army.

As of 8.30 a.m. on Monday, a total of 37 servicemen have been retrieved from the rubble: 18 of them are dead and 19 are in medical facilities. The fate of five others remains unknown.

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