Ukraine strikes restaurant in Russia’s Donetsk, killing 1 civilian

The Paradise restaurant, located in Donetsk’s Kirovsky District, was almost destroyed in the explosion caused by the Ukrainian attack, district head Yury Burdin told local media outlets.

A Ukrainian rocket strike hit a restaurant in the city of Donetsk on Saturday, killing one civilian and injuring at least four others, according to Russian investigators and local officials.

The Paradise restaurant, located in Donetsk’s Kirovsky District, was almost destroyed in the explosion caused by the Ukrainian attack, district head Yury Burdin told local media outlets.

“One person was killed and at least four others wounded in a Ukrainian rocket strike on a restaurant in the Russian city of Donetsk on Saturday, investigators have said,” confirmed a statement from Russian law enforcement.

Footage from the scene showed the devastating aftermath, with the restaurant building reduced to rubble and debris scattered across the surrounding area.

The strike on the civilian target in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) represents a significant escalation amid the ongoing conflict between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the region.

Russia incorporated the DPR and neighbouring Luhansk People’s Republic as part of its territory last year following referendums in the two breakaway republics. Ukraine and its Western allies have condemned the annexation as illegal.

While both sides have traded accusations of attacking civilian areas, bombarding restaurants and cafes would constitute a violation of the laws of armed conflict.

The incident is likely to further inflame tensions as Russia continues its military offensive to cement control over the entire Donetsk region. Ukrainian forces are waging a determined defence and have vowed to eventually expel Russian troops from all occupied territories.