The Donetsk region, which is in eastern Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in 2022, was the target of intense bombings last Sunday (21). The attacks hit a local market, leaving 27 people dead and 25 injured.
This market is located on the southwestern outskirts of Donetsk, about ten kilometers from the front line of the conflict between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
Donetsk authorities, appointed by Moscow, accused the Ukrainian army of launching an artillery attack on the city’s market. The Ukrainian military denied the accusations, stating that it “did not carry out combat work with destructive weapons”.
The authorities of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk announced a day of mourning this Monday (22) for the victims of the attack. “Tomorrow, January 22, is declared a day of mourning in the Donetsk People’s Republic for the victims of the barbaric act of aggression against the civilian population of the region by the Kiev regime,” declared the head of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, the day before.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, classified the attack as “a barbaric terrorist act against the civilian population of Russia.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also spoke this Monday (22), stating that Moscow strongly condemns Kiev’s attacks on Donetsk.
“The Kiev regime continues to show its bestial face, in the sense that it attacks civilian infrastructure. It attacks people, the civilian population. The attack that took place the day before in shopping centers in Donetsk is a monstrous act of terrorism, because they are used indiscriminate weapons, which resulted in the deaths of so many people,” Peskov said.
According to the spokesman, the Ministry of Defense, air defense systems and other relevant departments “are taking the necessary measures to protect against this type of terrorist attacks.”
Russia requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting on January 22 to discuss the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attack on Donetsk.
Editing: Lucas Estanislau