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Russian paratroopers chief cuts short holiday amid deadly barracks collapse in Omsk

July 13, 2015, 13:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu also cut short his holiday amid the accident that killed 23 paratroopers and arrived at the Russian National Defence Control Center
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The commander-in-chief of Russia’s Airborne Troops, Vladimir Shamanov

The commander-in-chief of Russia’s Airborne Troops, Vladimir Shamanov

© Mikhail Metsel/TASS

MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. The commander-in-chief of Russia’s Airborne Troops, Vladimir Shamanov, has returned from holiday amid the collapse of military barracks in the Siberian city of Omsk that has killed 23 paratroopers.

"Amid the tragedy in Omsk, Gen. Shamanov has returned to work. Now he is in his office at the Airborne Troops headquarters where he regularly reports to Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu on the situation at the tragedy scene," a Defence Ministry source told TASS.

Shoigu has also cut short his holiday amid the accident. He arrived at the Russian National Defence Control Center (NDCC) and informs Russian President Vladimir Putin from there.

On Sunday afternoon, a part of the four-story barracks of the Airborne Troops training center in Omsk collapsed.

All 42 servicemen have been removed from the debris, and 23 of them are dead. A total of 19 servicemen have been sent to medical facilities. Besides, three men, who were slightly injured, have been taken to a medical unit of the training center.

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