At 11:30 am on 14 March 2022 Ukrainian forces hit a residential neighbourhood in Donetsk with a Tochka-U tactical missile with a cluster munition warhead prohibited under international law. Although intercepted by air defence, preventing catastrophic losses, the downed missile still landed on the peaceful city and killed 20 and seriously wounded 28 people, including children, women and seniors.
The DPR leadership has called it an act of terror.
Such strikes are sanctioned by the country’s leadership at the highest level. We strongly condemn this atrocity committed by the Kiev regime. It confirms again that the nationalist government of Ukraine intends to continue waging war on the civilians of the DPR and the LPR, as it has already been doing with its punitive operation in Donbass for the last eight years. Kiev has apparently decided to launch missiles at completely innocent people as revenge for its defeats during Russia’s special military operation to defend the DPR and the LPR. We are clearly witnessing the death throes of the Ukrainian authorities.
On behalf of the people and leadership of our country, the Foreign Ministry conveys its deep condolences to the families and friends of the dead, as well as to the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded. We are confident that this crime against humanity will not go unpunished.