This morning, the Russian military launched a missile attack on a civilian humanitarian convoy on its way out of Zaporizhzhia. So far, reports indicate 23 people were killed, and dozens were wounded.

“People were standing in line to leave for the temporarily occupied territory to take their relatives away and deliver aid,” posted Oleksandr Starukh, Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, on his Telegram.

According to preliminary data, the enemy fired 16 S-300 missiles at civilian cars. During the explosion of munitions, a large number of fragments scattered over a large area. There was no military equipment at the site of the strike.

Anna Tkachenko, head of the communications department of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Zaporizhzhia region, noted that 62 people had been taken to hospital.

“Today, at 07:10, Russian troops launched three missile strikes on the area of ​the auto market, near Zaporizhzhia-Orikhiv highway. A convoy of civilians, trying to cross the checkpoint and leave for the temporarily occupied territory, was in the affected area,” she said.

The police, military and civilian medics, Red Cross volunteers, and rescue workers worked at the scene.

It is known that there were about 100 people at the time of the strike.

The local authorities declared 1 October 2022 a day of mourning for those killed in Zaporizhzhia region.

Bohdan Marusyak

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