As a result of a missile attack on the market in Konstantinovka, 18 people were killed and 32 people, including one child, were injured.
The strike took place around 2 p.m. At this time there were many people at the market. After the explosion, a fire started that engulfed the shopping pavilions.
Rescuers are clearing the rubble and evacuating victims.
Konstantinovka, Donetsk region, Ukraine.
Konstantinovka is a city in the Donetsk region. It is located 30 km from Bakhmut where fierce battles take place. The city is often subjected to rocket attacks.
UPD: The head of the independent research group Conflict Intelligence Team, Ruslan Leviev, claims (rus ) that the missile that hit the market in Konstantinovka was fired from the territory of Ukraine and considers the incident as a tragic accident.
The following facts are given as arguments:
- The missile’s flight path was reflected on the roofs of cars and clearly indicates that the missile was flying from the northeast (2-3 seconds of video).
- In Ukrainian pro-Russian groups at 14.01 a message appeared about the launch of a rocket from territory controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
- The closest RA positions are 250 km in the northeast, although Konstantinovka is only 30 km from the front line in the southeast, which defies logic.
- The modified Russian S-300 missile has a range of about 120 km and could not be launched from RA positions. This contradicts the Ukrainian side’s assertions that the strike was carried out by an S-300 missile.