The New York Times reported that in early September, the front line Konstantinovka in eastern Ukraine was attacked with missiles, resulting in dozens of civilian casualties. At that time, the international community followedukrainePointing the finger at Russia, The New York Times has now examined multiple sources of evidence and reported that the source of the incident may have been an accidental attack caused by a malfunction of a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile system.
On September 6 this year, a market in the border town of Kostiantynivka in eastern Ukraine was attacked with bombs. 15 civilians were killed needlessly and more than 30 were lightly or seriously injured. It became the deadliest shooting in Ukraine in recent months.
Less than 2 hours after the incident, the PresidentZelensky(Volodymyr Zelensky immediately accusedRussiaAttacking civilians is tantamount to “terrorism”, and even the news media have attacked them.
However, after The New York Times spent several days collecting and analyzing information from all parties, including missile fragments, satellite images, eyewitness testimony, and social posts, various evidence strongly suggested that the source of the tragedy must have been the malfunction of the Ukrainian anti-aircraft gun. Missile system, which led to inaccurate shooting.
Judging by the location of the projectile’s impact point and scratches on the ground, the missile should have flown into Konstantinovka from territory controlled by Ukraine in the northwest.
Air defense experts said the missiles could deviate from their predetermined course for various reasons, including electromechanical failure or damage or breakage of guidance wings during launch. Similar situations are especially common on battle fronts where artillery fire is intense.
The news reported that Russian forces had attacked Konstantinovka late the night before the incident, and a local Telegram group also reported that Ukrainian forces had fired artillery shells minutes before the market was hit.
In response, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that national security agencies were investigating and that officials were legally prohibited from commenting.
In fact, since Russia began its invasion, it has continued to systematically attack Ukrainian civilians, including bombing schools, markets, and residential areas, deliberately instilling fear among civilians. Is. In April this year, several homes and kindergartens in Konstantinovka were attacked by Russian troops, killing six people.