On the evening of July 24, between 7:10 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., the Russian army shelled Kostyantynivka, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine.
The Russian attack, once again against the Ukrainian civilian population, was carried out with 9M55K cluster projectiles fired from a BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launcher. Cluster munitions consist of a warhead that is divided into dozens of submunitions, multiplying damage over a wider area. Initially intended to destroy airstrips, the 9M55K has anti-personnel and anti-tank variants. Its use against the civilian population is a brutal crime.
The Ukrainian media Obozrevatel has pointed out that in this Russian attack two children and one adult were killed. At the time of the attack, adults and children were resting near the Kostyantynivka reservoir, where the attack took place. For the victims it was going to be another summer afternoon, sunbathing, bathing to beat the heat and playing on the shore of the lake, until the Russian rockets arrived .
As a result of the attack, 10-year-old boy Mykhailo Rudskyi died instantly. According to the website Victims.memorial , Mykhailo had celebrated the tenth birthday of him on June 26. He studied at Local School No. 13. He was very fond of sports and martial arts. His friends remember him as a faithful, brave and cheerful child. His mother, Alina, is in serious condition and has been taken to a hospital in Dnipro. Mykhailo's father, Oleksandr, is having a very hard time because of this tragedy.
In the place attacked by the Russians there were also two girls who were resting on the shore next to Tatyana, their mother: sisters Eva Lysenko, 12 years old, and Diana Lysenko, 11 years old . Both were injured in the attack. Eva was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital in Dnipro. As a result of the injuries sustained, Eva died on July 25 in the hospital. The girl was born on April 15, 2011 in Kostyantynivka. She studied at Local School No. 5. She was very sociable and had many friends. She liked to dance and walk. She dreamed of becoming a police officer or serving in the Armed Forces.
In Victims.memorial, her friend Svitlana remembers that Eva was a girl “kind, open, cheerful and sincere. She always had a smile on her face. She had a soft character. She loved life and her family members. I can't believe she's gone. to describe the pain. She will remain forever in my heart."
According to A report published yesterday by the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, the Russians have already killed 498 Ukrainian children since the start of the invasion on February 24, 2022. In addition , 1,080 children have been injured as a result of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The most affected region was Donetsk, with 482 children killed or injured, followed by the Kharkiv region, with 298, and the Kiev region, with 129.
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