- WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: The Donetsk strike killed at least 25
- An additional 20 people were injured during the attack on the market
- Kyiv has not yet commented on the missile attack
At least 25 people have been killed in the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk following a missile attack, the Kremlin-appointed governor of the region said.
Denis Pushilin, installed by the Kremlin after Russia annexed the region in September 2022, said a Ukrainian missile had struck the city, which currently sits on the front line of Russia’s invasion, injured an additional 20 people after it struck a busy market in the city.
Pushilin said the causality figures may change over the coming hours, with Russia’s foreign ministry calling the strike a ‘barbaric terrorist attack.’
Kyiv has not yet commented on the attack.
Photos of the aftermath of the attack, too graphic to publish, show bodies strewn across the streets around the market.
One man was seen mourning the death of his wife, who had been covered with a green and white cloth
Others were left to pick up after themselves following the attack
Ukraine allegedly targeted a busy market, though Kyiv has not yet commented on the attack
While almost all have been covered with sheets, some were left uncovered and their last expressions can be seen on their faces.
One man was seen mourning the death of his wife, who had been covered with a green and white cloth, while others were captured cleaning up the destruction wrought upon the city.
A Donetsk resident named Tatiana told local media she heard an incoming projectile overhead, and hid under her market stall.
‘I saw smoke, people screamed, a woman was crying,’ she said.
The missile attack was the latest in a series of attacks against Russia and occupied territories launched over the last 24 hours.
Ukrainian kamikaze drones successfully struck a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) processor and a missile plant on the same night.
Video footage showed two enormous explosions at the Novatek plant in Ust-Luga port in Leningrad region, triggering a raging inferno at the site, which sits just 81 miles from St. Petersburg.
A Ukrainian infantryman keeps the watch in the trenches on the front line, in the direction of Bakhmut
Ukrainian infantrymen keep the watch in the trenches on the front line, in the direction of Bakhmut
A Ukrainian official separately claimed that drones had hit the Shcheglovsky Val defence enterprise in Tula, which produces the Pantsir-S and Pantsir-S1 air defence missile systems used to defend key sites including Vladimir Putin’s palaces.
There were also Ukrainian strikes on Smolensk, Oryol and Bryansk regions provoking engagements with Russian air defences in one of Kyiv’s most intense nights of the war in targeting military-linked targets inside Russia.
Massive fireballs were seen rising through the air at the strategically important Ust-Luga site, which in 2022 processed almost 7 million tons of gas products, a major export product that added an estimated €5.29 billion to Putin’s war chest from sales to the EU alone.
Local media outlets reported that drones struck the Novatek facility at 3:20am local time, though Russia’s defence ministry has not yet reported any attacks.
Novatek’s Ust-Luga processes gas condensate, which itself is a processed version of LNG, and turns it into products including jet fuel, gasoil, and naphtha, and ships them across the world.