Russian President Vladimir Putin was constantly informed about progress of the rescue operation in Karelia where children were hurt and killed in a gale, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, adding that the president had offered to provide assistance.
"Emergency services were informing the president about the rescue operation, which began after the tragedy happened in Karelia," he said.
"During the day, Putin repeatedly contacted Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin," the press secretary said.
"Instructions were given to give help to the victims and the families," Peskov said.
"In addition, the president gave relevant instructions to the Investigative Committee, which was tasked to establish the cause of the tragedy and to identify the culprits," he said.
"The president extended profound condolences in connection with the tragedy, in which 14 children died," Peskov said.
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