Saturday, November 26, 2022

23 Killed In Shelling Of Humanitarian Convoy In Southern Ukraine

At least 23 people were murdered in a strike on a convoy of frontline civilians on Friday in southern Ukraine, just hours before Moscow was scheduled to annex four seized Ukrainian territories.

At a lavish Kremlin ceremony later on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to formally annex Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Lugansk, which his forces largely control.

The United States is leading Western partners in pledging “never” to recognize the areas as anything other than a part of Ukraine, and he has threatened to use nuclear weapons to maintain control of the territory.

The annexations will be officially announced at a gathering at (1200 GMT), during which Putin would make a “major” statement, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

But early on Friday, an attack in Zaporizhzhia in the south, killed at least 23 people as civilians were preparing to leave to pick up relatives, Ukrainian officials said.

“Twenty-five killed and about 50 wounded in an attack by the Russian military on a humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia. Investigation launched,” said the prosecutor general’s office on Telegram.

Bodies of people wearing civilian clothes were left on the ground after the attack and windows of cars blown out, an AFP photographer said.

“Only complete terrorists could do this,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Bloodthirsty scum! You will definitely answer,” he added.

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