Missile Strike in Eastern Ukraine Reduces Marketplace to Smoldering Wreckage Filled with Casualties

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On Wednesday, a missile from Russian forces impacted an open-air market in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kostiantynivka, transforming it into a smoldering wasteland. Grieving civilians were observed sifting through the twisted and scorched remains of bodies that lay strewn on the ground.

Ukrainian authorities confirmed that the strike resulted in 17 fatalities and at least 32 injuries, marking one of the most devastating attacks on civilians by Russian forces in recent months.

“This area had no military installations. It’s a tranquil residential sector in the heart of the city,” said Stefan Slovak, a resident of Kostiantynivka, his voice quivering with emotion.

Behind him lay the shattered market, where the incinerated bodies were visible on the road, their clothing still aflame, adjacent to vehicles that were also ablaze. Emergency personnel discovered a woman in civilian attire near a produce stand, her head gruesomely covered in blood.

Footage captured by The Big Big News revealed an anarchic setting: incinerated bodies lay on the ground, some still aflame. Firefighters battled to put out the fires while medical teams hastily applied tourniquets and transferred the injured to ambulances on stretchers and makeshift carriers. Makeshift coverings were employed to conceal some of the deceased, as distraught bystanders sought comfort from one another.

Nadezhda Negoda, a local resident, lamented, “They are targeting non-combatants. Do we look like soldiers? Are we firing back? Absolutely not! They aim to dismantle the Ukrainian nation.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has frequently toured the frontline and visited the town, declared the missile strike as intentional during a press briefing in Kyiv, alongside visiting Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

“Anyone familiar with this locale understands that it’s a civilian zone. There are no military outfits in proximity,” stated Zelenskyy, adding that such assaults are indicative of the broader battlefield dynamics. “Whenever Ukrainian defense forces make any positive headway in that area, Russians invariably target civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

Ihor Klymenko, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, noted that emergency services managed to extinguish fires across a 300-square-meter (approximately 3,200 square feet) area. Eight market structures and several vehicles were obliterated in the assault.

The country’s general prosecutor’s office reported that nearly 30 kiosks were damaged, as were 20 retail outlets, an administrative building, a residential complex, and some power lines.

The missile strike occurred as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken landed in Kyiv, where he is anticipated to unveil over $1 billion in additional American financial aid to Ukraine amid the ongoing 18-month conflict.

Contributions to this report were made by Big Big News correspondent Hanna Arhirova in Kyiv.

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