Missile Kills 11 in Ukraine Pizza Parlor

Authorities arrest man accused of helping Russia guide strike
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2023 5:20 PM CDT
Missile Kills 11 in Ukraine Pizza Parlor
In this photo provided by the National Police of Ukraine, people clear the rubble on the roof of a restaurant destroyed by a Russian attack in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 27, 2023.   (National Police of Ukraine via AP)

Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday arrested a man they accused of helping Russia direct a missile strike that killed at least 11 people, including three teenagers, at a popular pizza restaurant in eastern Ukraine. The Tuesday evening attack on Kramatorsk wounded 61 other people, Ukraine's National Police said. It was the latest bombardment of a Ukrainian city, a tactic Russia has used heavily in the 16-month-old war. The strike, and others across Ukraine late Tuesday and early Wednesday, indicated that the Kremlin is not easing its aerial onslaught, despite political and military turmoil at home after a short-lived armed uprising in Russia last weekend, the AP reports.

In Kramatorsk, authorities said twin 14-year-old sisters died in the attack, Reuters reports. "Russian missiles stopped the beating of the hearts of two angels," the city council's educational department said in a Telegram post. The other teenager killed was 17, according to Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin. The attack also damaged 18 multistory buildings, 65 houses, five schools, two kindergartens, a shopping center, an administrative building and a recreational building, regional Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Rescuers were still searching the rubble for bodies and more survivors in a city where last year, about six weeks after the start of war, 52 civilians were killed in a Russian missile strike on a train station. Kramatorsk is a front-line city that houses the Ukrainian army's regional headquarters. The pizza restaurant was frequented by journalists, aid workers and soldiers, as well as local residents. The Security Service of Ukraine said the man it detained, an employee of a gas transportation company, is suspected of filming the restaurant for the Russians and informing them about its popularity.

(More Russia-Ukraine war stories.)

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