The Ukrainian President has urgently visited Kramatorsk shelled by militants on February 10 and inspected the situation in the city. The Head of State has examined the site of tragedy and visited the victims of the missile shelling.
In the course of the examination of the house in the center of Kramatorsk destroyed by "Smerch" missiles, the remnants of the missiles and consequences of their destructive effect have been presented to Petro Poroshenko. Four families have become victims of this destruction.
"These are the evidence of the usage of dispensing weaponry against civilians in the center of Kramatorsk. Here in my hands I have an element of cluster munition "Smerch". Its radius of effect can reach 90 km. It is savages who use cluster ammunition against civilians. I will show this evidence in Minsk and at the session of the EU Council," the President said.
The Head of State has noted that it was obvious that Ukraine was under the attack of the most powerful weapons. "Information on this munition proves that it was produced by Russia and used by Russia," he said.
"It is a crime against humanity when civilians are murdered by Russian weapons in their homes, streets, where there are no militaries, 50 km from the frontline. It is totally inadmissible," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
In the course of the visit to the hospital where the victims are treated, the President had a conversation with the wounded and instructed the RSA Head of Donetsk to provide assistance to everyone affected by the shelling, first of all to the wounded. "Ensure everything necessary for the people, first of all medicines and medical treatment," he said to Oleksandr Kikhtenko.
"A little boy is here in the hospital. He is only 3 years old. Doctors saved his hand, which was almost torn off. His mother died covering him with her body. The boy doesn't know that yet," the President informed.
After examining several houses destroyed by the artillery, the President had an operative meeting on the situation in the ATO area and the events in Kramatorsk.
"We demand unconditional peace. We demand ceasefire, withdrawal of foreign troops and border closure. They have nothing to do here. We have no conflict. We will find a compromise inside the country. We must defend peace in Kramatorsk, defend Ukraine. That's why I am going to Minsk to achieve immediate ceasefire and begin political dialogue. We will sort things out ourselves," the Head of State noted.
In the course of the working visit, Petro Poroshenko was accompanied by prominent French public figure, director, writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. He was shocked by what he saw in Kramatorsk. He has noted the courage of the President "who is with his people now in such a terrible moment". The public figure has called on the world community to open their eyes to the horrible crimes of terrorists in the East of Ukraine.
According to recent reports, the artillery shelling of Kramatorsk, particularly the residential areas and the headquarters of the ATO, has led to 64 victims (29 militaries and 35 civilians). 16 people died, 10 are severely wounded. According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the number of damaged houses equals 41.