Russian rockets kill civilians in a Zaporizhzhia ‘humanitarian caravan’

Russian rockets kill civilians in a Zaporizhzhia ‘humanitarian caravan’

Today, Russian missiles damaged a humanitarian convoy in southern Ukraine, resulting in the deaths and injuries of scores of civilians.

Friday morning, rockets struck a line of automobiles leaving the Ukrainian-occupied city of Zaporizhzhia for the adjoining Russian-occupied region.

At least 23 civilians are dead and another 28 have been wounded after a Russian missile struck a convoy of cars heading out of the city of Zaporizhzhia towards Russian-occupied territory, Ukrainian officials have said

All of the casualties were civilians, according to the regional governor of Zaporizhzhia, Oleksandr Starukh, who reported at least 23 deaths and 28 injuries.

The incident occurred just hours prior to a speech by Vladimir Putin in which he will declare the annexation of Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson areas to Russia under the pretence of safeguarding them.

At least 23 civilians were killed when Russian missiles attacked a civilian convoy leaving the Ukrainian-occupied city of Zaporizhzhia for nearby Russian-occupied territory.

Medics provide support to the survivors of a missile strike which hit a humanitarian convoy heading out of the Ukrainian-occupied city of Zaporizhzhia into nearby Russian territory this morning

 

Photos from Zaporizhzhia depicted a road littered with shattered automobiles and at least two bodies on the ground, with survivors sifting through the debris.

A witness reported seeing approximately 12 bodies, four of which were in automobiles, and a missile crater near two rows of vehicles at a car market.

The crash had flung earth pieces into the air and rained shrapnel over the automobiles. The windows of the vehicles, primarily automobiles and three vans, were shattered.

The cars were filled with personal effects, blankets, and luggage.An aerial view shows how a single missile exploded close to the convoy, shredding the vehicles with shrapnel as people prepared to head into nearby Russian-occupied territory to visit relatives and distribute aid

In one of them, a man’s body was leaning from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat with his left hand still gripping the steering wheel.

Oleksandr Starukh, the governor of Zaporizhzhia, posted on Telegram, “The enemy launched a rocket strike on a humanitarian convoy carrying civilians as it was leaving the regional center.”

People waited in line to depart towards the temporarily seized region, to pick up their family members, and to take away aid.

Rescuers, medical personnel, and all pertinent services are currently at the scene.

A pair of plastic sheets were put over the corpses of a woman and a young man in a green automobile in the car in front of them. Next to the young man in the rear seat was a dead cat.

Two dead lay in a white minivan in front of the automobile, which had shattered windows and shrapnel holes on its sides.

A view from the missile crater looking towards the cars shows the direction the shrapnel would have travelled before hitting the vehicles, killing or wounding the occupants

Putin will preside over the signing of a treaty proclaiming the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – the breakaway People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia – at an official ceremony in St. George’s Hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace, where marble plaques engraved in gold commemorate Russian military heroes.

In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin presides over a Security Council meeting via video link.

People prepare for a performance on the Red Square in Moscow, with constructions reading “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Russia” and the St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin Mausoleum in the backdrop.

Zaporizhzhia

Zaporizhzhia

 

A woman identified as Nataliya stated that she and her husband had traveled in Zaporizhzhia to visit their children.

“We were returning to my 90-year-old mother,” We have escaped harm. It’s a miracle,’ she exclaimed as she and her husband stood behind their automobile.

Russia denied responsibility for the attack and instead blamed Ukraine.

Putin is scheduled to deliver a major address at the Kremlin today in which he will announce his plan to annex seized territories of Ukraine.

In recent days, Russian-backed proxy administrations in four regions of Ukraine that are at least partially occupied by Russian soldiers – Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhia – have conducted referendums on the topic.

They allege that the vote was conducted under gunpoint and that overwhelming majorities favored joining the “motherland.”

Ukraine and its allies have decried the elections as a fraud and stated that they will never recognize the results, but the move nonetheless signifies a turning point in the conflict.

Starting today, Putin will be able to convince his own people that Ukrainian efforts to liberate these regions are in fact Russian attacks.

Emergency workers and investigators inspect the wreckage of vehicles left behind after the early-morning missile strike, which left at least 23 people dead and dozens hurt

If the public believed the deception, he would be able to intensify the conflict in response, up to and including the use of nuclear weapons.

Putin himself threatened to use nuclear weapons in a speech last week, and his friends, including the head of the security council, Dmitry Medvedev, have repeated the threat numerous times since.

The missile strike came just hours before President Putin plans to give a speech announcing that Zaporizhzhia - along with three other regions - will be annexed to Russia to 'protect' them

 

 

Along with armed Russian police, election officials carrying a clear ballot box are allowed enter an apartment building in seized Ukraine (right)

The Kremlin tyrant last night signed laws recognizing Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the country’s south and east as autonomous nations from Volodymyr Zelensky’s Government – a prelude to Putin’s insane plan to illegally absorb 15 percent of Ukrainian territory into the Russian Federation.

A Ukrainian solider inspects the wreckage of a van that was shredded by shrapnel from an early-morning missile strike near the city of Zaporizhzhia

Putin and his predecessors are prohibited by a 2020 amendment to the Russian constitution from ceding any territory once obtained, meaning that if the annexation is accomplished today, it will be irreversible unless Ukraine successfully recaptures the stolen area. Even a partial pullout as part of a peace agreement with Kiev in the future will become untenable.

Putin will preside over the signing of a treaty proclaiming the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – the breakaway People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia – at an official ceremony in St. George’s Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, where marble plaques engraved in gold commemorate Russian military heroes.

The Russian annexation will be followed by planned celebratory concerts and rallies in the captured territory and Moscow’s Red Square, where Putin is scheduled to explain why Ukraine has no right to exist independently.

The staged event follows a fraudulent five-day vote in Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, and Luhansk that was completely manipulated in favor of joining Putin’s Russia. Up to 99 percent of the seized regions, according to Moscow’s proxies, were in favor of joining. However, Ukraine and Western nations characterized these elections as fraudulent, illegitimate, and conducted under threat of force.

The puppet parliament of Russia, the Duma, is scheduled to rubber stamp the measure next week. It is a perfect duplicate of Moscow’s strategy in 2014, when it staged a sham referendum in Crimea as an excuse to seize the Ukrainian peninsula.

Putin is in a precarious position when he annexes Crimea. After months of grinding, attritional fighting, Ukraine took the initiative this month by routing Russian forces in the Kharkiv region’s northeast.

And Putin authorized an unpopular partial mobilization last week, causing thousands of men of combat age to abandon the country. Even ardent Kremlin friends have criticized the disorganized manner of the call-up, and Putin himself stated Wednesday that “any errors must be rectified.”

Kyiv stated that the annexation votes will not prevent its armed forces from attempting to reclaim illegally seized territory, threatening a “harsh” retaliation. Russia, for its part, undertakes to defend all of its territory, including newly seized regions, by any means necessary, including nuclear weapons.

Western allies of Ukraine have referred to the staged referendums on whether to live under Russian control as a “land grab” based on deception.

They claim that some individuals were compelled to vote at gunpoint in an election without independent observers on a territory from which thousands of residents have fled or been forcibly deported.

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