Donetsk Governor Reports Heavy Russian Attacks, Over 1,900 Deaths in 2024

Donetsk region under intense Russian assault, with over 1,930 deaths and 4,808 injuries since 2022. Urgent need for international support to address the dire humanitarian crisis.

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Donetsk Governor Reports Heavy Russian Attacks, Over 1,900 Deaths in 2024

Donetsk Governor Reports Heavy Russian Attacks, Over 1,900 Deaths in 2024

Donetsk Oblast Governor Vadym Filashkin has reported intense Russian assaults across the entire region in 2024, with up to 2,500 daily strikes forcing evacuations, destroying infrastructure, and causing at least 1,930 deaths and 4,808 injuries since February 2022. The attacks have targeted residential areas and private homes, with Russia using S-300 missiles to strike the city of Pokrovsk, killing 11 people including 5 children.

According to Filashkin, the Donetsk region has the longest frontline, about 300 kilometers, and is under constant shelling by Russian troops, with civilians being killed and injured almost daily, and residential and administrative buildings, energy and infrastructure facilities being destroyed. The town of Ukrainsk was hit by a Russian strike with Smerch multiple launch rocket systems on April 21, killing one and wounding four other residents. Six apartment buildings were also damaged in the attack.

Why this matters: The ongoing intense Russian assaults in the Donetsk region highlight the dire humanitarian situation and the urgent need for international support and intervention. The high civilian death toll and destruction of infrastructure underscore the devastating impact of the conflict on the local population.

Russia is attempting to capture the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk Oblast, just west of the Russian-occupied Bakhmut, by May 9, which is Russia's Victory Day holiday. Ukraine's military and President Volodymyr Zelensky have called for more U.S. military aid, including air defenses and ammunition, to help repel the Russian offensive. The U.S. Congress has approved a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, which is expected to be signed into law soon. However, the Institute for the Study of War warns that Russia may still be able to make significant advances in the coming weeks before the U.S. aid fully arrives.

The Donetsk Regional Prosecutor's Office confirmed one fatality and four injuries resulting from the Russian missile attack on Ukrayinsk. Prosecutors have initiated a pre-trial investigation under criminal proceedings for violating laws and customs of war, as part of their efforts to document war crimes perpetrated by the Russian Federation's armed forces.

Key Takeaways

  • Intense Russian assaults across Donetsk Oblast, 1,930 deaths, 4,808 injuries since 2022.
  • Donetsk has 300km frontline under constant shelling, civilians killed/injured daily.
  • Russia aims to capture Chasiv Yar by May 9, Ukraine calls for more U.S. military aid.
  • Missile attack on Ukrainsk killed 1, injured 4, prosecutors investigating war crimes.
  • High civilian toll and infrastructure destruction highlight devastating impact of conflict.