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Ukraine: Kiev rejects New York Times claims that Konstantinovka was hit by Ukrainian missile

The Kyiv rejected today the claims of the American newspaper New York Times that the missile strike that took place in early September and resulted in the death of 16 people it was a “tragic accident” caused by the deflection of a Ukrainian missile and not the result of a Russian attack.

“According to the investigation, the enemy hit a civilian target with a missile of the S-300 anti-aircraft system,” Ukraine’s security service (SBU) insisted in a statement, referring to a surface-to-air system frequently used by the Russia against her neighbor.

The case of one Russian missile was confirmed “from the fragments of the rocket” found at the scene of the tragedy, the SBU said in its statement today.

The investigation into the blow in Konstantinivka continues

The investigation “continues” and new “expert reports are expected to establish all the circumstances of this war crime,” the statement added.

In an investigation published yesterday, the American newspaper wrote that the strike in the market of the city of Konstantinivka on September 6 was caused by a Ukrainian missile that had deviated from its trajectoryciting “eyewitness accounts, video analysis” from surveillance cameras and analysis of projectile fragments.

“Evidence collected and analyzed by The New York Times, including missile fragments, satellite images, testimonies and social media posts, strongly suggests that the devastating strike was the result of an errant Ukrainian air defense missile fired from a Buk anti-aircraft defense system,” the newspaper wrote yesterday.

Reuters could not independently verify the report.

The adviser to the Ukrainian president Mykhailo Podoliak via a message on X (formerly Twitter) assured that “the truth will be proven legally” in this case.

He added that the publication of foreign media reports raising “doubts about Russia’s involvement in the attack … entails the development of conspiracy theories” and would require investigation by investigative authorities.

“Meanwhile, we must not forget that it was Russia that started it invasion of Ukraine” in February 2022 and that it “regularly carries out massive attacks with missiles, bombs and drones against civilian infrastructure,” he claimed.

The representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova today described the September 6 strike as “Ukraine’s attack on its own city”.

Source: News Beast

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