The death toll from the Russian missile attack on a market in the eastern Donetsk region town of Kostiantynivka has risen to 17, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko said in a Telegram statement.
A child was among the 17 dead, according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. The attack is one of the deadliest in months.
The number of injured has risen to 32, Klymenko added.
“Russian troops are terrorists who will not be forgiven and will not be left in peace. There will be a just retribution for everything,” Shmyhal had earlier said.
A Russian S-300 missile appears to have landed in the middle of the town, according to reports from the scene. Videos from the ground show a fierce fire and thick black smoke rising, with at least one casualty visible on the ground.
According to the unofficial reports, the market is located near a shopping center.
Kostiantynivka is close to the front lines around Bakhmut and frequently crowded with military personnel.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has described the attack as “utter inhumanity,” saying that the number of dead and injured may rise. “This Russian evil must be defeated as soon as possible,” he added.
Editor's note: The death toll and number of injured has been updated to reflect the latest information provided by authorities.