Flags flying at half mast in Belarus after Kemerovo fire that claimed dozens of lives

Flags flying at half mast in Belarus after Kemerovo fire that claimed dozens of lives

As a sign of sorrow and solidarity with Russia, on the instructions of President Alexander Lukashenko, state flags are flying at half mast in Belarus on March 28.

The tragedy in Kemerovo is perceived by all Belarusians with pain in the heart. People continue to carry flowers and lamps to the Russian Embassy in Minsk. Today, March 28, the diplomatic mission opened a book of condolences.

A CTV crew is working near the embassy. Our correspondent Alena Syrova is live with us now.

Alena Syrova, CTV:
Flags are flying at half mast at the Russian Embassy today, March 28. A few days after the tragedy in Kemerovo, a spontaneous memorial was formed here. Today Belarusians mourn together with the Russians.

National TV channels have changed their broadcasting schedule, entertainment activities have been canceled. Flags are flying at half mast at state institutions. The book of condolences will be opened all day until 6 pm at the Russian Embassy. Some politicians have already used this opportunity.

Recently, the governor of the Minsk region, the director of the National Library of Belarus, diplomats and ordinary Belarusians came here.

Belarusians:
We are worried about our brothers. This is a serious, cruel tragedy.

What happened in Kemerovo is very sad. I have many friends there. But, thank God, it all ended normally for them, no one was killed. It's a pity that this whole situation happened.

Белорусы несут цветы к зданию Посольства России в Минске

Белорусы несут цветы к зданию Посольства России в Минске

Белорусы несут цветы к зданию Посольства России в Минске

Белорусы несут цветы к зданию Посольства России в Минске

Белорусы несут цветы к зданию Посольства России в Минске