Civilian convoy 'shelled near Zaporizhzhia'
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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.
- More than 20 killed as civilian humanitarian convoy hit in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine says - Olga Voitovych and Idris Ibrahim, CNN, September 30, 2022
- 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.
- Russian strike on humanitarian convoy in Ukraine kills 23, governor says - Times of Israel, September 30, 2022
- Starukh said those in the convoy planned to travel into Russian-occupied territory to pick up their relatives and then take them to safety.
- Dozens feared dead after Russian strike on civilian convoy near Zaporizhzhia - Peter Beaumont and Artem Mazhulin, The Guardian, September 30, 2022
- 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,...
- More than 20 killed in attack on civilian convoy in Russian-occupied Ukraine - Patrick Smith and Daryna Mayer, NBC News, September 30, 2022
- “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.
- Kiev Regime Kills Refugees Who Flee War-Torn Areas Seeking Russian Protection (Photos) - SouthFront, September 30, 2022
- @Gerashchenko_en...People gathered to go to occupied territories (for relatives/documents). There is only 1 entrance point & columns leave every morning - strike was deliberate.
- Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine - Ukrainian Parliament
- ZaporozhyeNews - more photos
Use of S-300 claims
Claim made publicly that day by Kyrylo Tymoshenko.
- Why Russia is launching S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to attack ground targets in Ukraine - Cvv News, October 1, 2022