The Telegraph ^ | 31 Dec 2013 | Roland Oliphant
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:51:55 AM by MarkBsnr
Vladimir Putin has vowed to pursue terrorists to “total annihilation”, in his first public comments since the Volgograd suicide bombings. In his traditional New Year\’s Eve address,
which was broadcast at midnight from the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, (5pm in Moscow), he praised Russia’s unity in the face of both terrorism and natural disasters and promised to continue an unrelenting fight against the bombers. “In the past year we have faced problems and serious challenges including the inhuman terror attacks in Volgograd and unprecedented disasters in the Far East,” he said. “Dear friends, we bow our heads in memory of the victims of these terrible attacks.
We will strongly and decisively continue the battle against terrorists until their total annihilation,” he said.
Mr Putin earlier provoked a storm of condemnation on the Russian internet on Sunday after the message broadcast an hour earlier in Kamchatka, Russia’s most easterly timezone, made no mention of the attacks. Related Articles Russia terror analysis: Volgograd and an Olympics under threat 31 Dec 2013 Shocked Russian city in lockdown after second suicide attack in 24hrs 30 Dec 2013 Volgograd analysis: Rebels without a cause they can win 30 Dec 2013 At least 14 die in second Russian bomb attack 30 Dec 2013 Suicide bombing at Russian train station sparks Sochi fears 29 Dec 2013 IOC backs \’safe and secure\’ Games 30 Dec 2013 Mr Putin’s spokesman blamed a “technical glitch” that saw a pre-recorded speech being broadcast at midnight in Kamchatka and Russia’s far eastern islands (4pm in Moscow).
The second speech was quickly recorded at a reception for victims of devastating floods that struck Khabarovsk and other Far Eastern cities earlier this year. His comments after Volgograd began to bury its dead and the death toll from the suicide blasts continued to rise.
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