With a spatula
January 21, 2024, 8:06 pm
At least 27 people were killed this Sunday in an attack on a market in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia, announced the administration installed by Moscow in the region.
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“Twenty-seven civilians were killed and another 25 were wounded (…), among them two teenagers,” said the head of the administration, Denis Pushilin, revising the number he previously reported. , of the 25 deaths.
“The market was attacked on Sunday, when there were many people,” he said, accusing Ukraine of a “horrific” attack.
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian bombing carried out in another neighborhood of the same city killed another person, bringing the total death toll in Donetsk to 28, Pushilin said.
Ukraine did not immediately comment on the attack, but one of its military units, Tavria, which operates in the south of the country, denied responsibility.
“We state that the forces under the Tavria military unit are not participating in combat operations in this case,” he said on Facebook.
“Donetsk is Ukraine! “Russia will be responsible for the lives of Ukrainians taken,” he added.
Russian state media shared videos showing shattered storefronts and broken glass, along with what appeared to be bodies lying on the ground.
Regional authorities declared Monday a day of official mourning, Pushilin said.
Both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of a sharp increase in attacks on civilian areas in the past two months.
“The neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv, supported by the United States and its satellites, has once again committed a barbaric terrorist act against the civilian population of Russia,” the Russian Foreign Ministry reacted in a statement. .
The attack was carried out with “six” artillery salvos fired from Avdiivka, the center of the fighting and still under Kyiv’s control, he added.
“The people screamed”
According to the authorities, the attack hit the southwestern suburbs of the city, less than 15 kilometers from the front.
A Donetsk resident named Tatiana said she heard a projectile over her head and hid under her market stall.
“People were screaming, a woman was crying. “I saw smoke coming out,” he told local media.
“What is the military in this place? This is nothing more than any market,” shouted another resident also named Tatiana, who was present during the attack.
It was one of the deadliest attacks in Donetsk since Moscow launched its offensive against Ukraine in February 2022.
The city came under the control of pro-Russian separatists in 2014 and has since been regularly bombed by the Ukrainian army.
On New Year’s Eve, four people were killed there and 13 others were injured, including journalists, according to local authorities.
Fire at a gas plant in Russia
In an attempt to stop Russia’s advance and to retaliate against attacks on its territory, the Ukrainian army has also carried out drone and missile attacks in the neighboring country in recent weeks.
Russia indicated that a fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday at a natural gas plant in the port of Ust-Luga, on the Baltic Sea, without announcing its cause.
The management company, Novatek, indicated that there were no victims and that the fire, due to “external causes” was “now contained” at the plant, located 110 km west of Saint Petersburg.
This week, Ukrainian forces claimed responsibility for two attacks on Russian oil depots, one of them in the Leningrad region, where Ust-Luga is located.
For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on Sunday that it had “frustrated” the Ukrainian attacks at night, without mentioning any incidents in the Leningrad region so far.
Novatek’s website indicates that the Ust-Luga complex converts natural gas condensate into naphtha, jet fuel and ship fuel components.