Civilian convoy 'shelled near Zaporizhzhia'

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The site lies to the east of the Komunarskyi District of the city. The Russian frontlines are some way to the south.

In the early morning of Friday, September 30 a registration site for people to cross in columns from Ukrainian controlled Zaporizhzhia into (pro)Russian controlled territory was hit by an explosion, close to where the civilian vehicles, filled with belongings were lined up. The Ukrainian side immediately blamed the Russians for the attack. This followed another attack on civilians fleeing along railway tracks through no man's land from Ukrainian held Kubiansk towards Svatovo in the then LPR. Both attacks look, more plausibly, like acts of reprisal by the Ukrainian forces against civilians wanting to flee to allied controlled territory. Their aftermaths being cynically exploited for anti-russian propaganda purposes.


Traveling with the family cat Source
Suitcase and other travel bags taken along Source
Humanitarian convoy?
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president's office, says that a total of 16 missiles were launched by Russian forces at the area where the civilian convoy was struck. Tymoshenko said on Telegram: "According to preliminary information, 16 missiles were launched using the S-300 missile system. Twenty-three dead and 28 wounded. Four missile strikes were launched in the area of the auto market, as well as at the point of concentration of vehicles and citizens for departure/entry to/from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. There was a column of vehicles with civilians on their way to the temporarily occupied territory to pick up their relatives," Tymoshenko said.
Starukh said those in the convoy planned to travel into Russian-occupied territory to pick up their relatives and then take them to safety.
According to locals, 60 cars had gathered on a road in two lines after registering for a convoy that was due to take people back into the Russian-occupied territories in the south, some planning to return to homes in places such as Mariupol,...
“The Kyiv regime is trying to destroy people who wanted to return to the safe territory of Russia. This is the targeted annihilation of the civilian population,” said Evgeny Balitsky, head of the pro-Russian civil-military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region.



Use of S-300 claims

Shrapnel collected at the scene according to WaPo

Claim made publicly that day by Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

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