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On July 14th, the Russian Aerospace Forces struck objects in Vinnytsia and the region with high-precision long-range missiles. According to preliminary information, the targets of the attack were military facilities adjacent to the House of Officers of Vinnytsia, where the formation of Ukrainian Territorial Defense units was carried out. Another target was a military unit in the city of Gaisin in the Vinnytsia region, where Ukrainian forces were amassing and military equipment, including armored vehicles and artillery supplied from abroad, was stored.
At least 20 people were killed, including civilians. Three children were reportedly killed. 52 others were wounded.
According to the city police said a total of three missiles hit the downtown. Ukrainian air defenses shot down four other missiles over the city, according to Sergey Borzov, the head of the Vinnitsa Region administration. However, the city administration did not clarify where they fell.
On the first videos and photos a large number of people in military uniforms are clearly visible, including with weapons. This refutes the thesis of the Ukrainian side that the building of the House of Officers was used exclusively as a civilian object.
Judging by the footage from the region, civilians were injured and houses were damaged in different areas by the missiles that were intercepted by Ukrainian air defence systems.
Wreckage of one of the intercepted Russian missiles:
The Russian military is yet to comment on the attack. Details will be likely revealed in a daily briefing on July 15th.
RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan cited a Russian defense official as confirming the attack and saying that the House of Officers was the intended target. Ukraine used it as a temporary shelter for its “Nazi” fighters, the source claimed. In turn, Ukrainian media claimed that the weapons hit an office building in the city center. Reports said they also damaged nearby residential buildings and the building of the House of Military Officers, an institution operated by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which normally serves as a concert hall.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky decried the incident as the latest atrocity allegedly committed by Russia, claiming on social media that that Russian troops targeted civilians on purpose. According to Zelensky and Ukrainian media, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation struck at the maternity hospital and medical center in Vinnitsa.
However, footage from the area confirms that the main target was the House of Officers used by the Ukrainian military. Under martial law in Ukraine, the building was turned into a temporary accommodation point for Ukrainian troops. According to the footage, Russian missiles hit two wings of the building. Most likely, they were used for military purposes. The central part of the building, where the entertainment hall is located, was also damaged.
The medical center located nearby was likely damaged by the blast. The medical equipment and disinfectants could cause a large explosion.
The use of civilian buildings as military facilities in the cities’ centers has already resulted in deaths of civilians as a result of Russian strikes. The Ukrainian military uses civilians as human shields not only on the front lines but also in the cities across the country.
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