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Men wearing military uniforms ride atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 25, 2015.STRINGER/Reuters

The ceiling of a Russian military barracks collapsed in Siberia Monday, causing four stories to crumble and killing 23 young men trapped inside.

Rescuers searched for hours for victims trapped under the debris of an airborne troops training centre in Omsk following the collapse that occurred in the early hours of the morning.

Nineteen people were injured. Authorities sent 10 gravely injured victims to Moscow for treatment while the Kremlin offered condolences to the families of the deceased.

The defence ministry would not speculate on the cause of the accident but the footage and video from the scene showed an entire section of the building lying in ruins. Ministry spokesman Gen.-Maj. Igor Konashenkov said the building was renovated in 2013 but he insisted that could not have caused the collapse.