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MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. The bodies of six Russian nationals - the Volga-Dnepr airline employees - killed in the terror attack on the Radisson Blue hotel in Mali would be repatriated to Russia in the coming week, Governor of the Russian Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov said on Saturday aired by the Rossiya 24 television.
Earlier in the day, Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed deaths of six Russian nationals - residents of the Ulyanovsk region (in the middle Volga area) taken hostage at the hotel in Mali’s capital and then killed by militants. Another six Russians were rescued after special forces stormed the hotel.
Also, Morozov said that the Volga-Dnepr airline and regional government would pay up the funeral ceremonies and provide assistance to the victims’ families.
Nine Russian nationals who survived the terror attack in Mali will return home in the coming days - on November 22-23, the Ulyanovsk regional government told TASS on Saturday.
Along with this, the government has refrained from specifying how many residents of the region are among the survivors.
Monday, November 23, has been declared a day of mourning in the region.
The Volga-Dnepr airline has been airlifting humanitarian cargoes to Africa to help fight against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. In particular, in 2014 a Ruslan transport plane delivered cargoes to five African countries: Congo (Kinshasa), Ghana (Accra) - the major logistics hub for delivering cargoes to affected nations - and to Mali (Bamako), Guinea-Bissau (Bissau) and Ivory Coast as well. The Volga-Dnepr airline has been delivering humanitarian aid in line with the recommendations of the UN Security Council.