Damning evidence has emerged confirming the Russian military used outlawed flechettes – tiny steel nails with barbed tail fins deemed illegal by the International Criminal Court – in its attack against civilians at a Ukrainian market that claimed 18 lives and left 55 people injured.
The Australian has obtained photographs and video from inside Ukraine showing the shocking impact of the flechettes, which had been placed inside missiles used by Russia in its September 6 attack on the busy market in the city of Kostyantynivka.
The images were obtained by Adelaide cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Craig Jurisevic, who has spent more than six months in Ukraine training medicos and defence personnel in conflict zone trauma surgery and operating on wounded soldiers and civilians.
The New York Times, this morning: Evidence Suggests Ukrainian Missile Caused Market Tragedy.
The Sept. 6 missile strike on Kostiantynivka in eastern Ukraine was one of the deadliest in the country in months, killing at least 15 civilians and injuring more than 30 others. The weapon’s payload of metal fragments struck a market, piercing windows and walls and wounding some victims beyond recognition.
Less than two hours later, President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russian “terrorists” for the attack, and many media outlets followed suit…
But evidence collected and analyzed by The New York Times, including missile fragments, satellite imagery, witness accounts and social media posts, strongly suggests the catastrophic strike was the result of an errant Ukrainian air defense missile fired by a Buk launch system.
The attack appears to have been a tragic mishap.
Columnist David Penberthy’s “exclusive” was far too good to check. He presented as “evidence” the suspicious claims of a doctor who happens to be lobbying the Albanese government for armoured ambulances and more Bushmasters on behalf of Ukraine. But Penberthy’s embarrassing baloney is still valuable as journalism – albeit accidentally. It exposes President Zelensky as a liar, a hypocrite and a war criminal. How, after all, is what his “errant” Buk did any different to what Mr Putin’s did to MH17? Who will “shirtfront” the Ukrainian president for massacring civilians with a nail bomb? Certainly not The Australian. This ignominy confirms the national daily will publish even the most fantastic Ukrainian lies to sandbag the neocon narrative.