Russian MoD says Ukrainian neo-Nazis planning chemical depot attack
An elaborate provocation planned by Ukrainian nationalists was detailed by a Russian defense official.
According to the Director of the Russian National Defense Management Center, Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev on Friday, preparations are underway for a provocation by Ukrainian nationalists.
According to the Director, chemical depots have been mined in the city of Avdiivka and the neo-Nazis have plans to blow up the plant when approaching the formations of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR)
During a briefing, Mizintsev explained that "in Avdiivka, militants of nationalist formations have fully prepared an inhuman provocation, involving mass poisoning of residents of the adjacent areas with toxic chemicals."
DPR: Kramatorsk attacked by same Ukrainian brigade that hit DPR in March
According to DPR People's Militia Spokesperson Eduard Basurin, the city of Kramatorsk in Kiev-controlled DPR territory was targeted by the same Ukrainian military unit that fired missiles into the heart of Donetsk in mid-March.
Basurin said to Rossiya 1 that this was "the same brigade that fired then at Donetsk, along Universitetskaya [Street]. The launch was north of Krasnoarmeysk, in principle, the same area."
He added that the provocations are aimed at coercing Russia into a peace agreement.
He vowed that the Ukrainian military unit involved in the attack will answer for it.
On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Kiev will not be able to evade responsibility for the attack it launched on Kramatorsk using Tochka-U tactical missiles.
Russia said the "inhumane actions" of the Kiev regime underlined the validity of the tasks of the Russian forces in Ukraine, in a nod to Moscow's announced objectives of "demilitarizing and denazifying Ukraine".
Moscow also used the strike on Kramatorsk to call for the halt of the arms supply to Kiev, which the West has been doing even before the start of the war.
In order to accuse Russia of an alleged missile attack on the Kramatorsk railway station, the ministry indicated, Kiev used photos of Tochka-U launchers from the Allied Resolve 2022 Russia-Belarus joint military exercises, which took place in February.
This is not the first time Ukraine commits a crime and tries to blame Russia for its actions, as Russia's Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, had said that, with regards to the shelling of Bucha, Ukraine's authorities were shifting the blame.
A war crime had taken place in Bucha, and the Kiev authorities tried to play it off as one committed by Moscow, though the latter stressed that it was the Ukrainians who were behind it.
UN: Missile strike on Kramatorsk "completely unacceptable"
United Nations Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday that the missile strike in Kramatorsk is "completely unacceptable", adding that it is a "gross violation of human rights law."
Donetsk Governor Pavel Kirilenko stated that 39 people were killed in the attack, which is under the control of Ukraine troops.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said that in addition to more than 30 casualties, 100 were also injured.
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, urged all parties to protect civilians and allow access to humanitarian corridors.