December 26 is the Day of national mourning in Ukraine. On Thursday, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko signed a respective decree with regard to the

tragic disaster in Yevpatoriya of December 24.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the death toll from an explosion that leveled an apartment building in southern Ukraine reached 27 on Friday. The search for survivors continued after rescuers pulled 21 people from under the mounds of concrete and glass following Wednesday`s huge blast at the five-story building in the Crimean peninsula resort of Yevpatoriya. Officials do not know how many people could remain beneath the rubble.