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This appears to be a replay of the school massacres in the West, by a disturbed copycat, who wanted to replay Columbine. A tragedy like all such happenings.
What is disgusting is how the Russians are using this for propaganda, to distract from their sins, and to peddle Crimea as Russian territory, rather than occupied foreign territory, with the assistance of a good number of clueless proxies in the Western media. They are making suggestions the shooter had accomplices in planning, which will no doubt be found to be somehow connected to Ukraine. Yet Russia issued a firearm license to the shooter.
The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated a criminal investigation under the article “act of terrorism” following the events in the college in the occupied Kerch. This was said by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting with the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press office. “Today, there was a terrible murder in Kerch. The prosecutor’s office reported that the criminal case was initiated,” the head of state said. The president emphasizes that the investigation of such cases is important for Ukraine, since Crimea is a Ukrainian territory and Ukrainians living in occupation on the peninsula are the citizens of this state. “Why is it so important to us? Because these are Ukrainian citizens. And of course, when Ukrainian citizens are killed, wherever it happens, it’s a tragedy,” Poroshenko said. The president expressed condolences to the Ukrainians who lost their children and relatives.
The situation in Kerch, a city in Russia-occupied Crimea, where a mass killing took place today at a technical college, requires international intervention. “The situation requires immediate intervention by the international community. Therefore, I turned to Head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland. I ask you to contribute to the investigation of the terrible tragedy and take the necessary measures for the safety of people,” Liudmyla Denisova, Ombudswoman for Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, said on Facebook on Wednesday. She also called on Russian human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova to urgently arrive in Kerch and provide the victims of the tragedy with everything they need. “I am ready to join her and do everything in my power to help the families of the victims and the wounded,” the Ukrainian ombudswoman added. Denisova noted that she was shocked by the news of mass shooting at the Kerch polytechnic college, which killed at least 18 people, and expressed deep condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, adding, “Innocent children died. There can never be any excuses for this.”
Ukraine is ready to provide any assistance to the families of the dead and injured during the explosion at the Kerch Polytechnic College. Borys Babin, Representative of the Ukrainian President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea claimed this in the commentary to 112 Ukraine. ‘We are ready to render assistance to the families of the dead and the injured. I want to stress that the full responsibility for the happenings in Crimea rests with the aggressor country. The attempts of Russia in every way to use those facts of incitement of inter-ethnic enmity have to be thoroughly assessed by the international community.
Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced condolences for the victims of an attack on a college in Crimea, saying it was clearly a crime and that the results of investigations would be made public. He was speaking after talks in Sochi with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The so-called Head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov thinks that the Kerch shooter had support in preparing the terrorist attack in the college on October 17, as he said on Thursday, Interfax reports. According to him, the investigation is trying to define possible accomplices of the student, who helped him to arrange a mass murder in the college. “The task (of the investigation) is to define the individuals who helped him to prepare this crime. Here he acted alone. It’s clear, it was defined. But, in my opinion, and my colleagues support me, this villain could not prepare it all by himself,” Aksyonov told the journalists on Thursday in Kerch.
The blast in Kerch was a terrorist attack, Russia’s Investigative Committee has confirmed. It said that the explosive device that detonated at midday was packed with metal fragments.
Footage has emerged of scared students fleeing Kerch college in Crimea after it was attacked by a gunman. The sound of gunshots and a blast can be heard on some of the videos that have been posted online.
Around noon on October 17, eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov opened fire on his classmates and instructors at Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea. He shot and killed 18 people and then turned his gun on himself. As federal investigators try to make sense of the tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions about this school massacre. Meduza reviews the biggest questions still unanswered on day one.
The armed individual filmed by surveillance cameras at Kerch Polytechnic College during Wednesday’s mass murder is named Vladislav Roslyakov. He is apparently the one who killed at least 19 students and instructors, injuring dozens more.
At least 19 people were killed and nearly 40 were injured in gunfire and a series of explosions at the Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea on October 17, leading the city to declare a state of emergency and the peninsula to announce a three-day mourning period. Meduza collects some of the first eyewitness reports published in the Russian news media.
An 18-year-old said to be obsessed with the Colorado school gunmen tossed IEDs and shot up his school, which had little to no security. It’s raising all-too-familiar questions.
The shooter’s mother was fascinated by the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses banned in the Russian Federation. Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, who carried out a massacre in the Kerch Polytechnic College, had a dysfunctional family: he grew up without a father and was demonstrating mediocre performance at school. Roslyakov’s father is disabled and lived separately, while the young man’s relationship with the mother was also not great. They constantly quarreled, RT reports, citing a source in the Ministry of Education of the Crimea. The source said that Roslyakov’s mother works as a nurse at the oncology center and is fond of the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which are banned in the Russian Federation and recognized as an extremist organization. Earlier, Kommersant-FM reported that Roslyakov’s girlfriend left him, due to which he was very worried. At the same time, he was a calm, reticent person, had no problems with classmates, but, according to his friends, was interested in maniacs. Roslyakov was admitted the College in 2015 on free tuition basis to major in installation, commissioning and operation of electrical equipment of industrial and civil buildings. On September 8, the student received a permit for a 12-gauge rifle, after which he bought 150 cartridges. On the eve of the incident, Roslyakov stopped attending classes calling sick. On Wednesday, October 17, he came to the college with a gun and started shooting in the corridors of the building. Around noon, an explosion took place in the building, after which Roslyakov killed himself in a library on the second floor. As a result of the incident, 40 people were injured, 19 died. A three-day mourning was declared in the Crimea.
Russian authorities say the death toll in a shooting rampage at a technical school in Ukraine’s Moscow-annexed Crimea region has risen to 21, including the suspected shooter.
One student said he hid in a classroom, hoping the shooter wouldn’t find him. Another said students ran outside through gaps in a fence. “My friend was killed right before my eyes.”
Local media showed chaotic scenes after a blast in Kerch, Crimea, with one injured man being driven away on the back of a truck while other people held a drip he was connected to. Authorities on the peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, said the attack was carried out by a student who subsequently killed himself.
An 18-year-old student opened fire at fellow pupils, investigators in the Russia-annexed region say.
At least 17 people were killed and 45 injured in an attack at a college in Crimea that was allegedly carried out by a student, Russian authorities said.
At least 18 people, many of them teenagers, were killed, and over 50 others were injured in a bomb and shooting attack at a college in Crimea that local officials said was carried out by a student. Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, said it believed the attacker was Vladislav
The deadly attack that rocked a Crimea vocational college Wednesday morning was carried out by a fourth-year student, who killed at least 19 of his schoolmates and wounded more than 50 others before killing himself, a top Russian official said.
Paul Goble Staunton, October 17 – Since the Russian occupation of Crimea began four years ago, the combination of longtime residents leaving and new people arriving means that 20 percent of the population consists of people who did not earlier live on the Ukrainian peninsula, a shift that reflects a Kremlin policy that approaches the definition of genocide. Over the last four years, Russian government data and Ukrainian estimates show that 268,000 people have arrived in Crimean and Sevastopol while 153,600 have left, something that has boosted the ethnic Russian share of the population to 20 percent or more (russian.eurasianet.org/крым-переселенцы-извне-составляют-уже-около-пятой-части-населения). Given shortcomings in the data, all three of these numbers almost certainly understate the size of these changes, with more arriving, more departing, and more Russians in the population. Still more troubling, the official statistics show that the number of new arrivals has remained stable while that of departures has increased in the last year alone. Russian officials have mostly stopped talking about this development, Eurasianet reports. But Crimean and Ukrainian officials have expressed mounting concern. Yevgenia Goryunova, a Crimean political analyst, refers to the departures as a form of “’soft deportation,’” by which Moscow achieves its goals by imposing unbearable conditions on the population (ru.krymr.com/a/29011888.html). As a result, “Crimeans are ever more often becoming aliens in their own land which is rapidly being populated by Russians,” most of whom are siloviki or government employees. As a result, Goryunova suggests, the trend will continue, with ever more natives leaving, ever more Russians arriving and the population gradually falling. “Russia doesn’t need those who ever more often recall that they lived better when the peninsula was under Ukrainian administration. It does not want to see on the peninsula those who despite harsh restrictions are nonetheless ready to take part in protests – even when these are not political but a defense of business and property,” Goryunova says. The portion of the population that the Russian occupiers are most interested in pushing out consists of the Crimean Tatars, according to Irina Pribytkova of the Kyiv Institute of Sociology. They are being “provoked” into leaving as part of Russian occupation policy (ru.krymr.com/a/29245347.html). Russia’s Kerch Bridge will only accelerate this process, she adds, allowing Moscow to introduce more military technology and personnel and thus isolate and push out the Crimean Tatars and other non-Russians.
Authorities in Moscow have detained a deputy prime minister of Crimea’s Russia-imposed government, Vitaly Nakhlupin, for alleged bribe-taking.
Russian Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov, who is currently in Syria, announced that the possibility of air traffic between Syria and