22 Sep 2022 7:48 p.m
It’s becoming almost daily news: dead civilians after Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk and elsewhere in Donbass. Again on Thursday: NATO-caliber missiles, non-military targets, a destroyed bus, dead women, children and men. Is there a point at which Europe will say a clear “Halt!” to Ukraine as well? says?
By Anton Gentzen
Terrible pictures and video recordings from Donetsk and Melitopol went around the world on Thursday afternoon. Journalistic ethics forbid publishing these recordings in their entirety: the body parts strewn across the sidewalk, what remains of a 14-year-old boy, the lifeless bodies amid the tangle of metal that was just a bus. But can it be right to withhold from the reader all the brutality that has become part of everyday life for the residents of the cities of Donbass for eight years and since March this year also in southern Ukraine? Isn’t it the journalistic duty to open the eyes of the average consumer, who is unsuspecting in the West and has been misled by the mainstream, to shake them up?
The “Krytyj Rynok”, translated “Covered Market”, is located in the middle of the city of Donetsk. The range of groceries, everyday goods, souvenirs and knick-knacks leaves nothing to be desired. Prices are low compared to chain supermarkets, making it a popular place for everyone to shop and stroll. For the pensioners with their low pensions, the students with their pocket money, the working-class families who also have to pay attention to every kopek, but also for the more affluent middle class, who care about the freshness and naturalness of the food. Everyone who has visited Donetsk has been there: it’s the place to meet, with plenty of good restaurants and cafes around or that cheaper snack in between at one of the stalls. Everything is here. Almost everything. Because there is one thing far and wide that is not available here: military objects.
Two Ukrainian missiles landed around midday. The market is particularly crowded around lunchtime. A rocket hit the street between flower shops and newly renovated streetcar tracks. The cassette with the deadly cargo spread its contents across the entire width of the street: into the flower stalls, onto the sidewalk and onto the roadway. A bus was just driving on the road, yellow, the bus sign bears the number “38”. The deadly elements hit the driver and several of the passengers, the tires exploded, the bus went off the road and stopped on the tram rails.
Passers-by were also killed on the sidewalk: A mother who had just parked her small car with three children in it on the side of the road to run an errand. A 14 year old boy. A middle-aged man. Death toll from this hit alone: 6 dead, 4 injured.
In Melitopol, one of the two Russian-controlled cities in the Zaporozhye region, a bomb attack shook the Central Market around 10 a.m. local time. The location and time were chosen insidiously: The explosive device was placed in a so-called family shop: This is where mothers get the baby food for their newborns, for the very little ones, and that is usually done in the morning, combined with a walk or a mandatory visit to the polyclinic.
Miraculously, there were no dead here. The news agency reports six injured RIA Novosti, three had to be hospitalized with “moderate” injuries.
In both cases, investigators have now started their work. And while the German press once again either ignores the Ukrainian bomb and rocket terror or acts as if “the Russians” had once again fired at themselves, the first results of the investigations show that the NATO caliber 155 mm was used.
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