Six children injured in missile strike on Lugansk
Six children were injured in an attack on the Donbass city of Lugansk on Friday, according to the local authorities. Two of the wounded minors have reportedly been hospitalized.
At least two missiles struck the Poly-pack food processing factory and the Milam home goods store in central Lugansk on Friday afternoon. The attack came as the Lugansk People’s Republic celebrated a national holiday. While the factory was closed, the blasts shattered the windows of surrounding residential homes.
The acting head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, called the strike “barbaric” and a “cynical war crime of the Kiev regime,” vowing it will “not go unpunished.”
Unlike Donetsk, which continues to be shelled, Lugansk was long considered to be out of range of Ukrainian artillery. The Russian authorities initially suspected that Kiev’s forces had used Grom tactical missiles.
Shortly after the strike, however, a US-made ADM-160B decoy missile was recovered largely intact in the city center. It was unclear whether Kiev’s forces had deployed the decoys to fool the Russian air defenses, or had somehow rigged them with explosive warheads and used them in the strike.
According to the specification provided by its maker Raytheon, the ADM-160B has a maximum range of 800 kilometers. The decoys were not on the Pentagon’s official lists of almost $40 billion worth of weaponry and ammunition the US has provided to Kiev since President Joe Biden took office.
Ukraine recently received an unspecified number of British Storm Shadow missiles, with a range of up to 250km. Kiev has repeatedly targeted Russian territory with drones and improvised missiles, claiming it to be legitimate self-defense against the Russian “invasion.”
On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the Storm Shadow delivery “yet another extremely hostile step by London” that “clearly confirms the unprecedented level of British involvement” in the conflict. Moscow reserves the right to “take all necessary measures to neutralize the threats that may arise” from the use of these missiles, with the UK bearing all the responsibility for the consequences.