A suspected Russian agent implicated in the fatal attack in Kramatorsk will be prosecuted with treason, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Those who "assist Russia in the destruction of lives" ought to face the "heaviest penalty," according to what he said. The rocket strike on a well-known restaurant that took place on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of twelve people, including three adolescents.
According to Ukraine, the man, who was said to be a resident of Kramatorsk, allegedly supplied video footage of the restaurant to the Russian military in the hours leading up to the establishment's destruction. Yuliya and Anna Aksenchenko, twins aged 14, and a 17-year-old girl were among those slain.
The education department of the Kramatorsk city council reportedly released a statement claiming that Russian missiles were responsible for stopping the beating of the hearts of two angels. There were at least sixty more people hurt, some of whom were Colombian nationals and a notable Ukrainian novelist.
On Wednesday, the Ukrainian security services released a photograph of a local man they had apprehended and designated as a Russian agent. Mr. Zelensky explained in his nocturnal address that the country's security services and police special forces collaborated to apprehend the suspect, who could face life in prison.
Wednesday, emergency services reported that search and rescue operations were still ongoing. Kramatorsk, an eastern city in the Donetsk region, is governed by Ukraine but is near to Russian-controlled territory.
In April of the previous year, a missile attack on the city's train station resulted in the deaths of more than fifty people and the injuries of many others. The Ria lounge, which was attacked this time, was a popular gathering spot frequented by international journalists, volunteers, and Ukrainian military taking a break from the nearby front lines.
Sergio Jaramillo Caro, a former Colombian peace negotiator, was seated in the restaurant on Tuesday night when it was attacked, but he only sustained minor injuries. Mr. Jaramillo Caro characterized the moments following the explosion as "particles moving in slow motion" as he attempted to comprehend what was happening.
The identity of a prominent Ukrainian author seated with them who is in critical condition and "fighting for her life" will not be disclosed. "Pray for her," said Mr. Jaramillo Caro.
In his condemnation of Russia's attack on vulnerable Colombians, Colombian President Gustavo Petro stated that Russia's actions were in violation of international war standards. After that, Mr. Petro sent orders to his country's foreign ministry, instructing them to deliver a diplomatic objection notice.
Valentyna, a resident of Kramatorsk who operates a cafe nearby, described the damage caused by the attack. "Everything has been blown away," she told the local sources, adding that "no glass, windows, or doors remain."
Russia's defense ministry claimed it had obliterated a "temporary deployment of [Ukrainian] commanders" in Kramatorsk, without providing additional details. The United States announced last month that it would aid the war-torn nation by permitting Western allies to provide American-made F16s and by training Ukrainian pilots to operate the jets.