Attack in Donetsk market kills civilians, Ukraine vows to hold perpetrators accountable

Дата: 22 January 2024
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Civilians have been killed and injured as a result of an attack on a market in Donetsk on January 21, 2024. 

 On Sunday morning, the Donbas News media outlet, citing eyewitnesses, reported that a market in the Tekstylnyk microdistrict in temporarily occupied Donetsk came under fire, with “a large amount of dead and wounded”.


Denis Pushilin, the leader of the illegal armed group “Donetsk People’s Republic”, claimed 27 dead and 25 wounded as a result of the attack. 

Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, accused Ukraine of a “terrorist act” . In addition, he stated that this allegedly proves that the aggressor must achieve all the goals of the so-called “special operation” against the Ukrainian state, because “security threats and acts of terrorism should not emanate from the territory of Ukraine”.

However, on Sunday evening, the Joint Press Centre of the Defence Forces of Ukraine on the Tavriia front stated that it was not involved in the matter.

Russians are spreading information about a strike on the market in Donetsk. We responsibly declare that the forces subordinate to the Tavriia Operational Strategic Group did not engage in combat operations with weapons of destruction in this case. Donetsk is Ukraine! Russia will have to take responsibility for the lives of Ukrainians that have been taken.

Joint Press Centre of the Defence Forces of Ukraine on the Tavriia

Meanwhile, a Russian drone dropped an explosive device on a resident of the town of Beryslav (Kherson Oblast), killing him on the spot on January, 22, 2024.

According to Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Oblast Military Administration, on Telegram, a local resident was travelling down the street on a motorbike, sustained fatal injuries.

The deceased is being identified.

Furthermore, Russian troops struck the town of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Oblast on the morning of January 22, 2024, claiming the life of a man and leaving his daughter injured.

“The Russians attacked the town around 09:25. We are working to identify the type of weapon involved. A man, 49, was killed at the site of the hit, and his daughter, 31, was injured,” Vadym Filashkin, Head of Donetsk Oblast Military Administration, wrote on Facebook.

Filashkin stressed that even settlements in the Donetsk Oblast that are relatively remote from the front remain unsafe and urged residents to evacuate.

Earlier at the international conference Global Crimea, Anton Korynevych, the ambassador-at-large of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called on countries from all continents to join the coalition in order to create a special tribunal for Russia.

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