Nine people, including two children, were shot dead in the Russian-occupied town of Volnovakha, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine. The crime could have been committed by a Russian military officer, Radio Svoboda reported on Sunday.
Russia’s Investigative Committee announced the initiation of an investigation “into the murder of two or more people.” The report stated that the bodies of the murdered were found in a house belonging to the deceased’s family. They had gunshot wounds, Radio Swoboda reported
The Astra channel, citing local residents, neighbors and relatives of those shot, assumes that the murder was committed by a Russian military officer.
According to the channel’s interlocutors, the crime took place on Friday in a private residential building on Donetsk Street. The house belonged to a family – a husband and wife, they had two children, a student and a 4-year-old boy. They all died, as did five other people in the house who were said to be there for a birthday.
Reports about “military men on motorcycles”
Some of Astra’s interlocutors, as well as users of local chat rooms, claim that just before the murder, the Russian soldier had an argument with the owner of the house. According to numerous reports, the murder was committed by “military men on motorcycles” while the inhabitants of the house were sleeping.
The Investigative Committee, representatives of the Russian authorities and the military did not comment on these reports.
Volnovakha was occupied by Russian troops in March 2022. During the fighting, the city was seriously damaged. Now it is relatively far from the front line. Russian authorities consider this city, like the entire Donetsk Oblast, to be Russian territory.