As Russia withdraws its troops from the Northern region of Ukraine and peace talks resumed just yesterday, Russia deepens the hole it’s been digging itself into for nearly two months. According to Ukraine, missiles that hit a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk killed at least 50 people and injured even more innocents. Moscow once again denies any involvement in the attacks.
The Kremlin went so far as to speak out about the attacks by claiming that it had no scheduled missions in the area. Russia once again denied actions and deflected attention away from itself. Moscow went so far as to claim, “…missile fragments found nearby are from a Tochka-U tactical projectile “only used by the Ukrainian armed forces.”
The Donetsk regional governor was quick to slap down Russia’s refusal of involvement. She was quick to say that there’s evidence that Russia used Tochka-U tactical missiles on February 24, the first say Russia invaded Ukraine during a strike on a hospital in Vuhledar, Donetsk Oblast; killing four civilians and wounded ten.
Russia seems to be stepping up its offensive in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Due to the Russian attacks overnight, residents in the area are forced to take refuge in their basements. The Donetsk regional governor said that thousands of people were at the train station during the Missile attacks. The official went as far as to label the attacker Russia.
There is an obvious pattern in how Russia deals with the war crimes upon innocent lives; denial and deflection. However, it is safe to say that the truth will always come out one way or another. We recently saw a similar action taken against the West due to the Bucha killings. Moscow blaming the West and claiming it was a set-up was proven false through satellite images.
An Amnesty International missile investigator inspected images of the scraps left following the attack and confirmed the use a “9M79 Tochka ballistic missile was used in the attack.” Missile expert N.R. Jenzen-Jones, went on to further evidence that this was most likely an action taken out by Russia by stating, “all Tochka missiles come from an old Soviet arsenal.”