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Emergency services respond to blast in Kostyantynivka street as Ukraine claims 17 killed in Russian strike on market

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« Emergency services were at the site of an explosion on street in the city of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk People’s Republic, on Wednesday.
Footage shows a fire engine parked at the end of the road, which had been cordoned off. Extensive damage to a row of buildings can be seen, as well as a burnt-out car. Broken glass is visible in the road, while other shops had their shutters down.
Ukraine’s defence ministry claimed a local outdoor market had been hit by a Russian missile, killing at least 17 people and injuring another 32. President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned what he called a ‘deliberate’ attack on the ‘peaceful’ city.
Russia has not commented on the claims made, and has previously strongly denied targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.
The DPR is one of four regions, also including the LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye, that President Vladimir Putin agreed to allow to join the Russian Federation, signing accession documents in September 2022.
According to Moscow, it followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.
Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory. »


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