Kramatorsk Restaurant Strike, A Proof That Death Strikes Anywhere In Ukraine
Kramatorsk restaurant strike a proof that death strikes anywhere in Ukraine as the jovial atmosphere in the restaurant was shattered when a devastating event unfolded shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A Russian missile mercilessly tore through the establishment, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 11 lives.
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Kramatorsk restaurant strike, a proof that death strikes anywhere in Ukraine, as the jovial atmosphere in the restaurant was shattered when a devastating event unfolded shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A Russian missile mercilessly tore through the establishment, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 11 lives. This incident served as a grim reminder to millions of Ukrainians about the harrowing reality they face on a daily basis.
Among the victims claimed by this ruthless strike were three teenagers, including a 17-year-old girl and 14-year-old twin sisters named Yulia and Anna Aksenchenko. The toll of casualties continued to rise, with at least 61 individuals, including an infant, sustaining injuries. The State Emergency Services expressed concern that the number of victims might escalate in the hours to come.
Remarkably, this assault emerged at a time when Russia was gradually recovering from a recent crisis sparked by a short-lived uprising led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group. Prigozhin had made a fleeting attempt to challenge the authority of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but his efforts ultimately faltered. On Tuesday, Prigozhin was reported to have arrived in Belarus, marking the end of his audacious endeavor.
Despite the passage of time, rescue workers tirelessly scoured through the wreckage, searching for survivors and recovering the remains of those lost. Their arduous task was briefly interrupted on Tuesday night due to another air raid alarm, forcing them to temporarily suspend their operations. The search and rescue efforts continue, as the community grapples with the aftermath of this heinous act of violence.
The people of Kramatorsk are sadly accustomed to the frequent attacks launched by Russia. This city in eastern Ukraine is located approximately 25 kilometers (15 miles) away from the front line, as assessed by the Institute for the Study of War.
Despite the constant threat of violence, Kramatorsk maintains its bustling nature. The vicinity surrounding Ria Lounge, the targeted restaurant, is a vibrant area with a thriving post office, a jewelry store, a café, and a pharmacy all conveniently located nearby. Additionally, one of Kramatorsk's largest supermarkets is just a short distance away.
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Given its proximity to the conflict zone, the city has become a sought-after destination for soldiers seeking temporary respite from the ongoing battles. Despite the challenging circumstances, the people of Kramatorsk continue to navigate their daily lives amidst the ever-present danger, demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity.
According to a Ukrainian soldier involved in the rescue operations, the individuals he witnessed among the victims were primarily young people, including both military personnel and civilians. Tragically, there were also small children affected by the attack.
The soldier, who requested to be identified solely by his call sign Alex, shared that the strike took place in the heart of the cafe during a banquet attended by 45 people. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the attack, describing it as a horrifying act of terror.
According to him
Each such manifestation of terror proves over and over again to us and to the whole world that Russia deserves only one thing as a result of everything it has done - defeat and a tribunal, fair and legal trials against all Russian murderers and terrorists.- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensk
Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk region military administration, revealed that the attack on Kramatorsk involved Iskander missiles, which are highly accurate and possess a short-range ballistic capability.
EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, echoed President Zelensky's sentiments and emphasized the terror inflicted on Ukrainian civilians. In a Twitter post, Borrell stated, “In another demonstration of the terror Russia is imposing on Ukrainian civilians, a Russian cruise missile hit a restaurant and shopping centre in Kramatorsk.”
Since the outbreak of the war between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Kramatorsk has been a recurrent target for shelling. Although the city was briefly occupied by separatists in 2014, it has remained under Ukrainian control ever since.
The Ukrainian Security Service announced on Wednesday that the attack was a premeditated act. They detained an individual described as a “Russian intelligence agent” and an “adjuster” who allegedly scouted the restaurant and sent a video to the Russian Armed Forces prior to the strike on Tuesday.
“To execute the enemy’s instructions, the GRU agent took a covert video recording of the establishment and vehicles parked nearby. Then the suspect forwarded the footage to Russian military intelligence,” the service said in a statement on Telegram.
“Having received this information, Russian invaders fired on the cafe with people inside,” it added.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry asserted that the missile strike in Kramatorsk targeted a temporary command post belonging to a Ukrainian army unit. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also stated to journalists that Russia does not intentionally attack civilian infrastructure, emphasizing that their strikes are solely aimed at military-related targets.
Following Russia's initiation of a full-scale war on Ukraine in February 2022, the frequency and intensity of attacks significantly escalated. Among these attacks, one, in particular, drew international outrage and prompted accusations of Russia deliberately targeting civilians.
In April of the previous year, Russian forces launched a missile strike on Kramatorsk's railway station, which had been serving as a shelter for civilians fleeing the ongoing conflict. Tragically, more than 50 people, including several children, lost their lives in this single attack. Human Rights Watch and SITU Research condemned the incident as an apparent war crime.
According to their joint report, the railway station was crowded with hundreds of civilians seeking refuge when a ballistic missile carrying a cluster munition warhead detonated, dispersing numerous bomblets or submunitions upon impact. The devastating consequences of this attack further underscored the dire humanitarian toll inflicted on innocent civilians amidst the conflict.