Russian airstrike injures 6, damages buildings in Ukraine’s Kostiantynivka

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service confirmed the strike, saying 16 high-rise buildings, two administrative buildings, and two infrastructure facilities were damaged in the attack on the town, which has come under regular bombardment from Russian troops.

At least six civilians were injured after Russian forces carried out an airstrike on the town of Kostiantynivka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast overnight, according to local authorities and media reports.

The Donbas Realii news outlet reported on June 11 that a Russian KAB-500 aerial bomb struck a residential area of Kostiantynivka around 11 p.m. local time on June 10, citing police sources. The powerful bomb ignited a fire in a five-story apartment building.

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service confirmed the strike, saying 16 high-rise buildings, two administrative buildings, and two infrastructure facilities were damaged in the attack on the town, which has come under regular bombardment from Russian troops.

Rescue teams were able to pull three residents from the burning apartment block and extinguish the fires, authorities stated. Initial reports indicated five people were injured, but that toll was later updated to at least six civilians wounded.

Donetsk Oblast Governor Vadym Filashkin said Russian forces launched 15 separate attacks across the region over the previous 24 hours. Two more civilians were reportedly injured in strikes in the nearby town of Pokrovsk.

The aerial bombardment of the densely populated Kostiantynivka marked another instance of Russia’s continued heavy bombardment of civilian areas in the Donbas region, despite repeated international condemnation and allegations of war crimes.

Moscow has insisted it does not deliberately target non-military sites and infrastructure. However, a mounting toll of damaged residential buildings, hospitals, and other civic centres has made Donetsk one of the deadliest hotspots for civilians in the 15-month war.

The overnight attack left several multi-story buildings in Kostiantynivka burnt out and pockmarked by blast damage, according to photos and video footage from the scene reviewed by international monitors.

The bombardment came as Ukrainian officials warned that Russia has begun deploying more reserve forces to the Donetsk front after its forces made incremental advances in the nearby Bakhmut sector in recent weeks.

With no diplomatic solution in sight, the mounting civilian toll in the Donbas region appears poised to only increase as the fighting grinds on through its second year and both sides continue to trade heavy artillery barrages.