Today is a mournful date in the Russian Federation. On this day in 2004, a terrible tragedy occurred in North Ossetia. As a result of the terrorist seizure of a school in the city of Beslan, over 300 people died, most of them were children.
t should be noted, that on 1 September 2004, a group of terrorists captured 1128 civilians who had come to the festival in honour of the beginning of the new school year at Beslan School No.1. The majority of the hostages were schoolchildren, their parents and relatives, as well as teachers. Defenceless people were kept in a mined gym of the school for almost three days. In the afternoon of 3 September, explosions occurred in this place with subsequent fire. A storm was carried out. The victims of the terrorist attack in Beslan were 334 people, including 186 children. Soldiers of Special Forces, employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the police were also among the deceased. Another 800 people were injured.
This terrorist attack is one of the most large-scale and inhuman in the history of modern Russia. It united the country with a common grief and still echoes with pain in the hearts of millions of people. In memory of the victims of the terrible events in Beslan and other terrorist attacks in the Russian Federation, the Federal Law “On the Days of Russia’s Military Glory” established the Day of Solidarity in the Fight against Terrorism. Since 2005, it has been held annually on 3 September.
On this day, Russia pays tribute to the memory of the dead victims of terrorist attacks, as well as employees of law enforcement and operational departments who laid down their lives during rescue operations. Mourning and patriotic actions are held in Russian cities that have been subjected to terrorist attacks. In educational institutions, lectures are given on the problems of crimes against humanity and methods of combating them. Museums have thematic exhibitions about the horror of terror. The entire civilized world mourns together with Russia.
The Donetsk People’s Republic, which directly faced violent actions against the civilian population by the armed formations of Ukraine, like no other, understands and shares the pain of our Motherland in the fight against the terrorist threat.
According to official data alone, since 2014, more than 9,000 people, including 229 children, have died in the Republic as a result of Ukrainian aggression.
The Human Rights Ombudsman in the DPR, Daria Morozova, expresses condolences and support to all the victims of the terrorist attacks, and also strongly condemns the states that sponsor and cover up such crimes around the world.