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Putin: 'No Justification' for Volgograd Bombings

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with a man injured in a bomb blast, Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Pallbearers carry the coffin of Denis Andreev, age 24, who was killed by a suicide bomb blast in the main railway station, Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at the site of a trolley bus explosion, Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Security personnel patrol the streets, central Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • A policeman patrols a street with New Year's decorations, central Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • A woman cries outside the main railway station, Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 31, 2013. 
  • Investigators work at the site of a blast on a bus in Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Members of the emergency services work at the site of a bomb blast on a bus in Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Smoke pours out of the railway station after an explosion, Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 29, 2013. 
  • Investigators work at the site of an explosion near the entrance to a train station in Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 29, 2013. 

PHOTOS: Putin Visits Volgograd, Russia

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VOA News
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has visited the city of Volgograd, the site of this week's two suicide bombings that left 34 people dead.<br /> <br /> Putin laid flowers at the scene of one of the bombings, and visited with survivors at a hospital in the city Wednesday.<br /> <br /> In comments before a meeting with officials of the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Bureau,  Putin said there was no justification for the attack.<br /> <br /> "The abomination of this crime, that was - or crimes - that were committed here in Volgograd don't need any additional commentary. No matter what motivated the criminals' actions, there is no justification for committing crimes against civilians, especially against women and children," said Putin.<br /> <br /> Sunday's bombing at a security entrance of Volgograd's main train station killed 18 people and Monday's blast on a trolley bus left 16 dead.<br /> <br /> Volgograd has been under heavy security since the attacks with authorities deploying more than 5,000 security personnel in and around the city.<br /> <br /> <div class="tag_image tag_image5 floatLeft" contenteditable="false" mode="img|expand|F20B8A67-85E7-4DB2-8BC9-461E76E63907.jpg|5|floatLeft|||1"> <img src="http://gdb.voanews.com/F20B8A67-85E7-4DB2-8BC9-461E76E63907_r1_w268.jpg" />Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with a man injured by one of two recent bombing at a local hospital in Volgograd January 1, 2014. Putin on Tuesday vowed to annihilate all "terrorists" following two deadly bomb attacks in the southern Ru</div> No one has claimed responsibility for planting the bombs, which authorities say were similar in construction and likely linked.<br />  <br /> Putin on Tuesday vowed to fight terrorists until their destruction, saying Russia has always been united and consolidated at its most trying times.  <br /> <br /> The attacks came just weeks before the Winter Olympics open in Sochi, about 650 kilometers southwest of Volgograd.  Islamist militants have threatened to attack civilians and disrupt the Winter Games.<br /> <br /> The International Olympic Committee expressed its condolences at the bombings, but said it is confident of Russia's ability to provide security.<br /> <br /> Russia has introduced some of the most stringent security at any international sporting event, including a limited access security cordon around the entire city of Sochi and requiring spectators to have accreditation documents that include passport details and contact information.

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by: Susana from: Canada
January 01, 2014 2:28 PM
"no justification.." give me a break... when did Muslims require "Justification"??? everywhere you look you see them strapping explosives on their children and sending them to ask for humanitarian help... what could "justify" that... ah?? stupid Putin.

look, the more i see the mess that is Russia, the disease and decay and the utter desperation - it has become a sick country under Putin - the less i am inclined to go there... this dreary bleak existence is so depressing - and now Muslims... no thank you!!!

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