At least 25 Ukrainian civilians killed in airstrike on humanitarian convoy | War in Ukraine

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At least 25 Ukrainian civilians killed by airstrike on humanitarian convoy | War in Ukraine

The projectile hit the parking lot of a transit center for displaced people, about ten meters from the vehicles.

At least 25 civilians were killed Friday in a strike that targeted a humanitarian convoy in the Zaporizhia region. About fifty people were also injured in this attack of which the belligerents mutually accuse each other.

The civilians were gathered some 40 kilometers north of the Russian-Ukrainian line of contact to obtain permission to convoy to the Russian-occupied zone to collect their loved ones and deliver humanitarian aid.

Zaporizhia is one of four Ukrainian regions to be subject to annexation by Russia on Friday.

At the site of the explosion, about fifteen cars with blown windows were visible. The projectile hit the parking lot of a transit center for displaced people, about ten meters from the vehicles, AFP journalists noted.

The civilians were gathered some 40 kilometers north of the Russian-Ukrainian line of contact to get permission to convoy to the Russian-occupied zone to recover relatives and delivering humanitarian aid.

The BBC reports seeing half a dozen bodies lying at the scene, apparently civilians, and luggage and coats strewn the tarmac.

Viktoriia Yosypenko, a survivor interviewed by the BBC, said her boss was killed in the attack.

“ She had two children. I left the cafe to go to the bathroom when it happened. I ran back and tried to find her. The cafe was demolished, there were a lot of bodies around. It was really awful. »

—Viktoriia Yosypenko, a survivor interviewed by the BBC

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At least 25 people were killed in the attack on a humanitarian convoy in the Zaporizhia region on September 30.

Near the missile impact crater, the BBC spoke to Kateryna Holoborod, sitting on her suitcase in shock.

We came in line, to join a column going to Kherson. We went out to see what our number was in line. Then the first rocket hit, behind the wagons, she said.

“We fell to the ground. Then the second hit in the middle of the line. There was glass everywhere, people screaming and running. I don't remember much.

— Kateryna Holoborod

She was trying to help an injured young man when a third explosion sounded.

Aerial view of the humanitarian convoy hit on September 30 by an airstrike.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted by accusing Russia of being a terrorist state, saying it had launched 16 rockets at the city. He promised to punish the perpetrators of these attacks for every Ukrainian life lost.

“The enemy launched a rocket attack on a humanitarian convoy of civilians, people were queuing to go to the temporarily occupied area, to meet relatives, to receive aid.

— Oleksandre Staroukh, the Ukrainian regional governor on Telegram

Burn in hell, cursed Russians, urged Oleksandre Staroukh, governor of the region.

Ukrainian authorities report that at least 25 people have been killed and around 50 have been injured.

At least three female corpses were visible on the ground.

A representative of the Russian occupation accused Ukrainian forces of shooting at these vehicles to prevent these civilians from reaching the occupied area. Ukraine hit our people, who were standing in line, regional occupation official Vladimir Rogov accused on Telegram.

The European Union (EU) condemns in the strongest terms Russia's heinous attack on a column of civilian vehicles that killed 25 people in southern Ukraine on Friday, said EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrel.

Another heinous Russian attack on civilians, this time on a humanitarian convoy delivering essential aid to people living in the non-government controlled part of the Zaporizhia region, Borrell tweeted.

Those responsible will be held to account, he added.

The civilians were gathered some 40 kilometers north of the Russian-Ukrainian line of contact to get permission to travel in a convoy to the Russian-occupied zone to pick up their loved ones and deliver humanitarian aid.

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In addition, an official of the Russian occupation administration in the neighboring region of Kherson was killed overnight from Thursday to Friday in a Ukrainian strike, the authorities said. local authorities.

Alexei Katerinitchev, first deputy to the head of the administration of the Kherson region, responsible for security, was killed in an accurate strike carried out by the forces Ukrainian soldiers using two missiles launched by a HIMARS system on his home, said a Russian occupation official, Kirill Stremoussov, quoted by the Russian news agency TASS.

This official is from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and had t worked with the security services, the FSB, according to said ministry.

With information from Agence France-Presse, and BBC

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