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21 Jan, 2024 23:48

UN condemns Ukrainian attack that killed 27 civilians in Russian city

Moscow has called the bombardment of a busy market in Donetsk a “barbaric terrorist act”
UN condemns Ukrainian attack that killed 27 civilians in Russian city

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned an attack on the city of Donetsk, but refused to assign blame for the shelling that left at least 27 civilians dead and over two dozen injured, including several children. 

The capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic – which became part of Russia in September 2022 but is still claimed by Ukraine – is about 20 km (12 miles) from the conflict frontline. 

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns all attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including today’s shelling of the city of Donetsk in Ukraine,” the spokesperson for the UN chief said in a brief statement on Sunday night.

“Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international humanitarian law, are unacceptable and must stop immediately,” it added.

The number of fatalities from the Ukrainian shelling of a busy market in Donetsk on Sunday has climbed to 27 people, according to the latest tally from DPR chief Denis Pushilin. Another 25 people were injured, of whom some are in a serious condition, including “penetrating wounds in the area of vital organs and traumatic amputation of limbs,” according to the official. Two children who were wounded in the bombardment are in a moderate condition.

Moscow has called on governments and international bodies to condemn this “treacherous attack on the civilian population,” with Russia’s Foreign Ministry stating that failure to do so would be a sign of “silent approval of the murders of civilians” that would only encourage Kiev “to commit even more bloody atrocities.”

The shelling, which hit the Kirov District in the southwest of Donetsk, was carried out with the use of 152mm and NATO-standard 155mm munitions.

“This again confirms [the West’s] direct involvement in the conflict and makes it complicit in the criminal acts of the Zelensky regime, which has once again displayed its inhumanity and hatred towards innocent people,” the ministry added.

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