At least 17 dead in Russian attack on market in eastern Ukraine

At least 17 dead in Russian attack on market in
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At least 17 people have been killed and more than twenty injured as a result of a Russian attack in eastern Ukraine. The target attacked this time was the central market of Kostiantinivka, in the province of Donetsk, as reported today by the Ukrainian public news agency, Ukrinform. In addition, several shops and a pharmacy have been affected as a result of the fire caused by the attack.

“The enemy reached the central market of Kostiantinivka, in the Donetsk region,” states the information, which cites as a source the Military Administration of that area partially occupied by Russia, through which the front line passes. The city is located thirty kilometers from Bakhmut, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the conflict.

The condition of a vehicle that was in the vicinity of the Kostiantinivk central market at the time of the attack


The Russian attack coincides with the visit of the US Secretary of State

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned the attack through the Telegram messaging application. "This Russian evil must be defeated as soon as possible," Zelensky said.

The attack coincides with the surprise visit to Kyiv of the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who is expected to announce a new $1 billion aid package to the Ukrainian government.


Ukrainian soldiers and rescuers, in the central market of Kostiantinivk, located in the Donetsk region, after the attack


The media unofficially found out about the possible visit the day before. The State Department, which he heads, did not want to comment on the rumors, the Evroipeiska Pravda newspaper explained. The Ukrainian press announced on Wednesday morning that the head of American foreign policy was already in the Ukrainian capital. It is Blinken's third trip to Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent the Russian Army against his neighboring country in February 2022.

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The last of these trips occurred just a year ago. The Kyiv Government received a visit from US President Joe Biden in February of this year in a gesture that underlined the US military, political and diplomatic commitment to Ukraine, as it coincided with the first year of the Russian intervention. in the country.

Blinken's visit takes place in the midst of Kyiv's counteroffensive to expel Russian troops from Ukrainian territory. It also occurs as part of preparations for the probable visit of the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to the United States. On September 19, the Ukrainian leader could speak before the UN General Assembly in New York.

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