Pro-Kremlin officials assert Ukrainian forces were behind a rocket attack that blasted the mayor’s office in Donetsk, badly damaging the city’s municipal building in the separatist region.

And amid ongoing battles between Russia and Ukraine as the war nears eight months, Kyiv’s ambassador to the US insisted Sunday any use of nukes by Moscow should lead to a “very harsh” global response against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine officials didn’t claim responsibility for the attack on the mayor’s building, where rows of windows were blown out and a ceiling was partially collapsed. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Kremlin-backed separatist authorities have accused Ukraine of several strikes on infrastructure and residential areas in occupied regions, often with the help of US-supplied long-range HIMARS rockets — but have yet to show any evidence backing up the claims.

Last week, Russia launched retaliatory attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure with the help of self-destructing drones from Iran that killed dozens of people.

On Sunday, Ukraine’s presidential office said Russian soldiers were bombing towns and villages along the east front, and that “active hostilities” persisted in the southern Kherson region.

Pro-Kremlin officials have blamed Ukraine for the bombing of a municipal building in Donetsk on October 16, 2022.
Pro-Kremlin officials have blamed Ukraine for the bombing of a municipal building in Donetsk on October 16, 2022.
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At least six people were injured in the latest attack on Nikopol — right across from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant — damaging power lines and gas pipelines along with businesses and residential buildings, Kyiv said.

Russia and Ukraine have continuously blamed each other for firing weapons at or around Europe’s largest power plant that’s stoked fear of a nuclear disaster. The Zaporizhzhia region is one of four that Moscow illegally annexed last month, though about 20% of Zaporizhzhia is under Ukrainian military control.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday the Russians need to return the plant to Ukraine to decrease the nuclear risk there.

A destroyed car outside of the administrative building after the strike.
A destroyed car outside of the administrative building after the strike.

A firefighter working at the site of the shelling in Donetsk.
A firefighter working at the site of the shelling in Donetsk.

Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for the attack.
Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Investigator at the scene of the bombing in the separatist region of Ukraine.
Investigator at the scene of the bombing in the separatist region of Ukraine.

She also argued the “global response” needs to be “very harsh” against Putin and his country if he opts to deploy nuclear weapons.

“With regard to the global response,” Markarova told host Margaret Brennan, “it has to be very harsh, even for the talks of Russian Federation and Putin about using the nuclear weapons because this is a clear red line.”

She added the entire nuclear deterrence system would be at risk if other countries failed to respond appropriately.

“So I think we all together cannot allow Russian Federation to use it,” Markarova said. 

With Post wires



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