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New York Times Spreads ‘Conspiracy Theories’ About Ukraine Missile Strike – Zelensky’s Top Advisor — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

The newspaper said the evidence “strongly suggests” that Ukraine was responsible for the deaths of 15 civilians in the Donbas town of Konstantinovka.

Claims that Ukraine is responsible for the deaths of at least 15 civilians in a missile strike on a market in Donbass are substantiated. “conspiracy theories,” Mikhail Podoliak, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, said. The New York Times suggested that the missile involved was Ukrainian, not Russian.

“There is no doubt that the appearance of articles in foreign media questioning Russia’s involvement in the Konstantinovka attack is leading to the growth of conspiracy theories.” Podoliak wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.

Promising that the incident would be investigated by Ukrainian authorities, Podoliak added that “Society will surely receive an answer to the question of what exactly happened in Kostiantynivka, as in thousands of other cases of Russian strikes against our country as part of an unprovoked war.”

The strike took place on September 6, while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was visiting kyiv. A missile hit a market in the kyiv-controlled Donbas town of Konstantinovka, killing 15 civilians and injuring many others.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky immediately accused Russia of launching the strike and claimed that any “attempts to deal with anything Russian” meant turning a blind eye to “the audacity of evil”.

Even though many Western media and some governments supported his statement, doubt quickly set in.

The New York Times reported Monday that evidence collected at the scene indicated a “A tragic accident” involving a Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile. The newspaper analyzed missile fragments, satellite images, witness accounts and social media posts to reach this conclusion, and noted that Ukrainian authorities attempted to prevent journalists from accessing the impact site .

At the time, Podoliak ridiculed the idea of ​​investigating the strike. “What would be the point of an investigation if everything is obvious to us? he said.

In his message on Monday, the official insisted that Ukraine “conducts exclusively defensive actions, defending itself and its territories”.

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However, Ukrainian forces have previously fired missiles at civilian targets. In addition to their regular bombing of the Donetsk People’s Republic since 2014, Ukrainian forces have used Western-supplied missiles to strike the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, and have struck Donetsk several times with missile weapons. munitions and landmines scattered in the air.

Last March, a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile was reportedly fired at a residential area of ​​Donetsk, killing at least 20 people after being shot down by Russian air defense systems. Despite ground evidence showing the missile was of Ukrainian origin, Zelensky nevertheless accused Russia of attacking its own people, insisting that this was the case. “unquestionably a Russian rocket” and that “There’s no point in talking about it.”

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