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Putin declares Day of Mourning for Russia plane crash victims

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Putin declares Day of Mourning for Russia plane crash victims

<p>Muscovites laid floral tributes at the headquarters of the famed Alexandrov Ensemble choir on Sunday, after at least 60 of its members were killed in the crash of a Russian military plane en route to Syria.</p> <p>They had been heading to a Russian air base in Latakia to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year.</p> <p>All 92 people on board the Soviet-era Tupolev plane died early on Sunday morning when it crashed into the Black Sea, shortly after taking off from Sochi.</p> <p>Founded in 1928, The Alexandrov Ensemble, better known internationally as the Red Army Choir,<br /> was a symbol of Russia, performing not only in war zones but also to music lovers at concert halls across the world.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TU154?src=hash">#TU154</a>: All but 3 choir singers of Alexandrov Ensemble were aboard plane - lead solo singer Vadim Ananyev confirms <a href="https://t.co/YBd2Z1tOTW">https://t.co/YBd2Z1tOTW</a> <a href="https://t.co/zel5clp4wE">pic.twitter.com/zel5clp4wE</a></p>— RT (@RT_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/812941533020385280">25 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AlexandrovEnsemble?src=hash">#AlexandrovEnsemble</a>'s head, 64 members were on board of Russian <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tu154?src=hash">#Tu154</a> plane <a href="https://t.co/6S8l7gKwGG">https://t.co/6S8l7gKwGG</a> <a href="https://t.co/ay6HY3bTE0">pic.twitter.com/ay6HY3bTE0</a></p>— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) <a href="https://twitter.com/SputnikInt/status/812951020594601984">25 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Speaking In St. Petersburg, Putin addressed reporters and looked visibly shaken by the tragedy.</p> <p>“I would like to express deep condolences to the families of our citizens who died this morning in the Black Sea,” he said.</p> <p>“A Special Commission headed by the Minister of Transport will closely investigate the circumstances of the crash and everything will be done to support the families of the victims. A Day of Mourning will be observed tomorrow across Russia.”</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Monday, December 26 declared national day of mourning for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tu154?src=hash">#Tu154</a> crash victims – Putin <a href="https://t.co/YBd2Z1tOTW">https://t.co/YBd2Z1tOTW</a> <a href="https://t.co/gEj4NPXRIJ">pic.twitter.com/gEj4NPXRIJ</a></p>— RT (@RT_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/813008882255663104">25 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>