Russian missile strike on cafe : At least 51 people were killed in a Russian attack on a grocery store near Kupiansk on Thursday, Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klimenko said, adding that the latest death was among One person died while receiving treatment.
Kharkiv District Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dmytro Chubenko said the death toll was likely to rise as debris was still being cleared. Russian soldiers fired at a cafe and a shop in the village of Hroza in the Kupiansk region, Ole Sinehubov, the head of the military administration of the Kharkiv region, announced shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time. Hroza is about 40 kilometers (24 mi) from the front line near Kupjansk. The attack appears to be the worst attack on Ukrainian civilians since the Kramatorsk train station attack in early 2022. It was not clear what weapon was used. Ukrainian officials used different terms to describe the attack.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, who is visiting Spain, said the attack was “a clearly brutal Russian criminal act – a missile attack on an ordinary grocery store, a completely intentional terrorist act.”
“Russia’s terror must be stopped. Anyone who helps Russia evade sanctions is a criminal. Anyone who still supports Russia is supporting evil. Russia needs this and similar terrorist attacks for only one thing: for its genocidal attacks to become the new normal around the world,” Zelensky said.
“According to preliminary results, the object was hit by an Iskander missile,” Klimenko said. Background Information: The Iskander is a relatively short-range ballistic missile with a warhead weighing between 500 and 700 kg (about 1,100 and 1,500 pounds) depending on configuration. Russia has used this weapon extensively against Ukraine, causing many civilian casualties. The death toll has been updated to reflect the latest information from authorities.
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