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Donetsk market shelling raises suspicion amidst Lavrov's foreign visit — UA journalist

Market in Donetsk after shelling, January 21, 2024
Market in Donetsk after shelling, January 21, 2024

The strike on Donetsk's Tekstylnyk market, where Russian authorities claim 28 people were killed, happened immediately after the announcement of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to the UN, said the editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian news outlet OstroV, Serhiy Harmash, during a broadcast on Radio NV on Jan. 22.

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Statements from Russian propagandists have raised serious doubts about who is to blame for the civilian fatalities in Donetsk, Harmash said.

"People are making connections between Lavrov's sudden trip to New York for the UN,” he said.

“Coincidentally, right at that moment, shelling begins. Russia brings up the incident at the UN Security Council. This shelling becomes one of the reasons for the Security Council meeting. And before that, it was reported that Lavrov would meet with [UN Secretary-General Antonio] Guterres. It's a highly suspicious coincidence — as [propagandist Dmitry] Kiselyov puts it: ‘Coincidence? I don't think so.’ Many in Donetsk share the skepticism."

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Residents in the occupied city do not see "a clear motive for Ukraine in this attack," he said. Testimonies on social media also suggest the strike may have originated from the direction of Russia-controlled Makiivka.

Donetsk’s Kirovskyi district market was shelled on the morning of January 21, with Russian occupation authorities blaming the shelling on the Ukrainian military. The Kremlin's puppet ruler Denis Pushilin claimed that 28 people were killed.

Ukraine has a stated policy of not targeting civilians and of taking extra precautions in operations in or near Russian-occupied Ukrainian cities.

Russia called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Jan. 22 with FM Lavrov participating in connection with the shelling of Donetsk, said Dmitry Polyansky, the first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN.

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