On Sunday, Russia said that at least 28 people were killed in the Ukrainian shelling of a bakery in Lysychansk, a city in the Russian-controlled Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine.
According to a report by Anti-War, the bakery was hit on Saturday afternoon, and the death toll rose as emergency workers searched through the rubble overnight. According to Reuters, local officials said the strike was carried out by Ukrainian forces using a United States-provided HIMARS rocket system.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the strike was most definitely carried out with the Western weapons supplied to Ukraine. “According to preliminary information, the strike was carried out with Western weapons,” she said. “Another terrorist attack is a ‘thank you’ from Kiev extremists for the ‘generous’ financial support by the European Union countries.”
Russia has repeatedly said that the West will escalate the war if lethal aid is provided to Ukraine. So far, the West has very obviously crossed this line, but Russia has yet to respond.
“This [the strike on Lysychansk] is new proof of the criminal nature of the Kiev regime, its kingpins on Bankovaya (a street in Kiev that houses Ukraine’s government institutions ), and the fact that the Ukrainian armed forces, as Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated, have completely evolved into a terrorist organization,” the diplomat said.
This is not the first time Russia has accused Ukraine of becoming a terrorist organization and conducting terrorist attacks.
“We expect the concerned international organizations to promptly and unequivocally condemn the crime committed by the Kiev militants,” she added.
Initial news reports claim that up to 40 civilians could be under the rubble of the bakery.
Continued attacks like this one threaten to push Russia to react, and once they do, there is probably no going back.