The governmental delegation of Bashkiria, headed by republican Prime Minister Rafael Baidavletov, flew to Germany early in the morning on Friday. As a RIA Novosti correspondent was told in the information department of the Bashkirian President, soon after the arrival at the airport of Friedrichshafen, the Bashkirian delegation will go to Ueberlinger where a mourning ceremony will take place nine days after the tragedy. The ceremony, devoted to the memory of the killed Russian citizens in the air crash on July 2, will be held in the city public centre at 11:00, local time.
The ceremony will also be attended by German Minister of Justice Herta Daeubler-Gmelin, German Minister of Transport Kurt Bodewig, all members of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Land government, as well as Russian Ambassador in Berlin Sergei Krylov and Consul General of the Russian Federation in Bonn Sergei Nechayev.
As a RIA Novosti correspondent was told in the apparatus of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Land Prime Minister Erwin Teufel, it had been planned to invite professional rescuers to the ceremony, who took part in the searches for the remains of the victims of the air crash and fragments of the planes, policemen, firemen and the local inhabitants who helped these searches.
Upon the end of the mourning ceremony the members of the Bashkirian delegation will meet with the German Ministers of Justice and Transport and with the leadership of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Land. It is expected that one of the main questions at this meeting will be the creation of an obelisk at the site of the air crash. In the evening the Bashkirian delegation will return to Ufa.
Today, the already identified bodies of the air crash victims will be sent from Germany to Ufa. On Monday. July 8th, the first identified bodies were brought to the Bashkir capital. That same day twenty-seven people were buried in the Southern Cemetery of Ufa. another five - in different districts of the republic.
On Saturday, July 13, a farewell ceremony and the service for the dead will take place in Sovetskaya Square in Ufa. After that, the victims who lived in Ufa will be buried in a cemetery of the Bashkir capital, and the rest - in the districts where they lived.
On the night of July 1-2, the Russian passenger Tu-154 jetliner of the Bashkir Airlines collided with the cargo Boeing-757 jet from the DHL International Delivery Service at the height of 11,000 metres above Germany in the area of the Boden See. On board the Tupolev there were twelve members of the crew and 57 passengers - 52 children, who were going for their vocations in Spain, and five grown-ups who accompanied them. On board the Boeing-757 there were two pilots. All of them died.
A Russian fighter with call sign Rassvet (Sunrise) destroyed an Abrams tank in the area of Avdiivka, the 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade said