08/08/2023
7 killed and 82 more wounded

Russia attacked Pokrovsk with two Iskander missiles

Photo: Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Russian forces launched two missile strikes on Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region on Monday, August 7. Local residential buildings were affected, and over 80 people were injured in the attack.

In particular, Russian troops hit the city center of Pokrovks twice, with an interval within the hour. As a result, 12 multi-storey residential buildings, a hotel infrastructure, a prosecutor’s office, a pension fund, a pharmacy, two shops, two cafes, and two civilian cars were damaged. According to preliminary data, Russian forces targeted the city with two Iskander missiles.

As of the morning of August 8, seven people were killed. 81 more were wounded, including two children, reported Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration. Search and rescue operations in Pokrovsk continue. The debris removal was halted at night due to the high threat of another shelling from Russian troops.

Update: As of the evening of August 8, search and rescue operations in Pokrovsk were finished, informed the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. 7 people were killed and 82 citizens were injured. 8 more victims were rescued.

Moreover, due to the Russian missile strike, the Deputy Head of the State Emergency Service Main Department in the Donetsk region, Andrii Omelchenko, was killed. “Today, his life was taken by a Russian missile in Pokrovsk. Colonel Omelchenko was 52 years old. He devoted half of his life to service. Sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased. An irreparable loss…” commented the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Ihor Klymenko.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has already opened a criminal case concerning Russian missile strikes on Pokrovsk (Article 438, Part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, violations of laws and customs of war).

Russia has been shelling the Donetsk region daily, destroying civilian infrastructure and killing Ukrainian citizens. Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, 1,649 people have been killed and 3,962 more injured in the region, informed Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration. These numbers do not include civilian casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha, which have been under Russian occupation since 2022.

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