Russian actress killed in attack by Ukrainian forces

 November 23, 2023

The Moscow Times reported that a Russian actress was killed last weekend during an attack by Ukrainian forces. 

According to the paper, 20-year-old Polina Menshikh was killed this past Sunday in the village of Kumachovo, which is located in a Russian-occupied region of Ukraine known as Donetsk.

Video appears to show moment attack took place

Menshikh's passing was confirmed by St. Petersburg's Portal theater in a post on the Russian social media platform VKontakte.

"It is with great pain that we inform you that Polina Menshikh … died yesterday at a performance in the Donbas as a result of shelling," it read.

Video has emerged online which shows Menshikh performing in front of an audience which appears to show military personnel. Later, a blast can be heard before the screen quickly goes dark.

American weapons said to have been used

Meanwhile, video footage reportedly taken after the attack showed the venue's stage to have been completely demolished.

Separatist officials in Donetsk's Russian-backed government said that the artillery also claimed the lives of other civilians.

They alleged that it was carried out by members of 27th Rocket Artillery Brigade using U.S.-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) along with other missiles.

Earlier assault by Russian forces killed 19 Ukrainian soldiers

Meanwhile, Newsweek reported that the attack hit members of the 810th Marine Brigade who were being honored at a ceremony, killing two dozen soldiers.

Ukrainian military commander Colonel Robert "Magyar" Brovdi was cited as saying that the strike was "revenge" for Ukrainian 128th Separate Mountain Infantry Brigade members who were killed earlier this month.

The BBC stated that the earlier incident took place in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region and left 19 soldiers deceased.

Event organizers were criticized for selecting a venue so close to the front lines, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying those deaths "could have been avoided."

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