3 May 2014, 12:53

Putin expresses condolences to Odessa victims, none to authorities

Putin expresses condolences to Odessa victims, none to authorities

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his deep condolences and sympathy for those killed and injured as a result of a bloody tragedy in Odessa, his Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Regrettably, we cannot express condolences to the official Kyiv as there is no official Kyiv as such," Peskov told reporters on Saturday. "(Putin) feels extremely concerned by how the situation is evolving and being interpreted in several countries of the global community," the spokesman said.

"Putin feels deepest indignation at the actions of the Kyiv authorities, which can be interpreted as a crime," his spokesman said.

Vladimir Putin is closely following the ongoing events in the southeast of Ukraine considering Russia’s next steps, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

The head of state is closely following what is happening [in the southeast of Ukraine], and analyzing the situation considering Russia’s further actions, he said. The Russian president has been receiving the information about the developments in Ukraine in a round-the-clock regime, Peskov added.

Intelligence and related agencies report to him, he said. The spokesman could not answer the question about Russia’s possible military aid to the protests-hit regions of Ukraine though.

"I cannot answer this question. Of course," said Peskov, RIA reports.

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