Twin Adolescents Among the 11 Victims of ‘Deliberate’ Russian Attack on Ukrainian Restaurant

Twin Adolescents Among the 11 Victims of ‘Deliberate’ Russian Attack on Ukrainian Restaurant

…By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.

The incident that transpired in Kramatorsk, Ukraine on a Tuesday evening is a grave testament to the violent upheavals that the region has been subjected to.

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With young lives lost and many more injured or traumatized, the incident is a painful reminder of the human cost of conflict.

The aftermath of a Russian missile attack in Kramatorsk / via REUTERS

A Bloody Night in Kramatorsk

Tragedy struck the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk when a missile, allegedly fired by Russia, hit a local restaurant, leading to the death of 11 people.

Among the deceased were twin sisters, aged just 14, adding a layer of heartbreaking poignancy to the grim toll.

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This tragic event left not just families, but an entire community, grappling with profound grief and loss.

Casualties and Rescue Efforts

The attack resulted in a total of 61 casualties, including an infant aged merely eight months.

Besides, it raised concerns for those who are believed to be trapped under the debris.

The scene was further complicated by the extensive damage to the building, which turned into a pile of twisted beams, hampering rescue efforts.

Response from Ukraine and Russia

In the aftermath of the attack, Iuliia Mendel, spokesperson for Ukrainian president Voldymyr Zeklensky, identified the twin victims as Yulia and Anna Aksenchenko.

In contrast, the Kremlin denied involvement, maintaining its stance of only engaging military targets.

Rescue Operation and Ongoing Investigation

Rescuers managed to recover 10 bodies and rescued eight people alive from the debris, while at least three others were suspected to be still trapped.

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A team composed of bomb technicians, investigators, criminologists, paramedics, and patrol officers worked tirelessly at the site to ensure the rescue and investigation process’s smooth operation.

Kramatorsk: A Frequent Target

Kramatorsk, a significant city west of the front lines in the Donetsk province, has often been the target of Russian attacks, including a deadly strike on its railway station last year.

The city’s geographical location and strategic importance make it a likely objective in any Russian advance.

International Response and Political Repercussions

The White House National Security Council strongly condemned Russia’s strikes against Ukraine, highlighting the massive toll on Ukrainian civilians.

President Joe Biden pledged continued support to Ukraine against Russian aggression.

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Shifting Dynamics within Russia

Simultaneously, internal Russian dynamics showcased a complex narrative.

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his military leaders for preventing an all-out “civil war” by convincing mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin to abort his march.

This episode revealed the tensions between the Wagner forces and Russia’s military brass, pointing towards a brewing crisis within Russia.

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