On the morning of December 5th, 2023, the usually quiet city of Kherson, Ukraine, was jarred by the thunderous booms of artillery weapons. Russian forces ruthlessly bombarded the city center, resulting in the death of two civilians and injury to a third. The chilling details of the attack were reported by the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, Oleksandr Prokudin, and the Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office via the social media platform, Telegram.
The attack occurred around 9:00 AM. A 48-year-old man and a yet-to-be-identified woman, both innocently going about their day, were caught in the brutal onslaught and lost their lives. A 59-year-old man was also critically injured and immediately rushed to the hospital. The incident was described by Prokudin as a ruthless bombardment by the Russian army, highlighting the dire circumstances in the region.
This incident comes amidst escalating tensions in the region, with Ukraine preparing new military support packages and strengthening its air defenses. The European Union's member countries are set to start debating a proposal to begin membership talks with Ukraine on Tuesday, further intensifying the political climate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his nightly address, extended his gratitude to those supporting the fighters on the front line and the people living in occupied areas.
Following the incident, law enforcement initiated a pre-trial investigation in a criminal proceeding for violation of laws and customs of war combined with premeditated murder (part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The shelling of Kherson and the loss of innocent lives marks a grim chapter in the ongoing conflict, prompting international attention and concern over the escalating crisis.