A Russian attack with an S-300 missile against a municipal museum from the town of Kupiansklocated near the front in the northeastern Ukrainian province of Kharkiv, which killed two womenhas caused dismay and outrage in civil society and public opinion in Ukraine.
The novelist Andrei Kurkovone of the most translated and awarded writers on the Ukrainian literary scene, has posted on his Twitter account a photo of rescue teams searching for corpses among the ruins of the museum along with a message about the attack.
“This is what remains of the Kupiansk History Museum destroyed by a huge Russian S-300 missile while it was open to the public,” Kurkov wrote of the photograph. “Two women who worked there are dead, one of them had gone to work a week ago”, he added.
Kurkov also recalled that “seven museum workers were injured”, and asked if “will he talk about it? lavrov at the UN?”, referring to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“It was an attack on a civilian zone. The terrorists attacked a local history museum and surrounding houses. Russia killed two women with this attack,” said the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyin his Tuesday night address to the nation.
Zelensky also honored the memory of the victims of the Russian attacks and showed sympathy for their relatives. The president also promised that “all those guilty of these war crimes will be brought to justice” and this “will have no mercy” when judging them.
The president further stated that Russian forces have “destroyed or damaged” more than 60 museums and art galleries since the beginning of the full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.
Before the war Kupiansk had more than 25,000 inhabitants. It was conquered by the Russians in the first days of their invasion, but the Ukrainians managed to retake the city last September.
At the beginning of the year, Moscow troops went on the attack again in that sector.
Ukraine ordered vulnerable people to evacuate the city in early March.
(With information from EFE)
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