Ukraine’s military has denied it was behind shelling that killed at least 27 people at a market in Russian-occupied Donetsk on Sunday.

Local officials said artillery hit a southwestern suburb of the city called Tekstilshchik, less than 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the frontline.

“Twenty-seven civilians were killed and another 25 people were injured of varying severity, among them two teenagers,” said Denis Pushilin, head of the region's Russian-controlled administration.

He blamed Ukraine for the attack, calling it a "horrific" artillery strike on a civilian area.

Kyiv did not immediately comment on the strike, but its Tavria army group, which operates in the south of the country denied it was responsible.

“We responsibly declare that forces subordinate to the Tavria military unit did not engage in combat operations in this case,” it said on Facebook.

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“Donetsk is Ukraine! Russia will have to be held accountable for the lives of Ukrainians taken,” it added.

Both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of a sharp escalation in attacks on civilian areas over the past two months.

Shattered storefronts and broken glass could be seen in videos shared by Russian state media, along with what appeared to be bodies lying on the ground nearby.

AFP was not able to immediately verify the circumstances of the attack.

The market strike was one of the deadliest on Donetsk since Moscow launched full-scale hostilities against Ukraine in February 2022.

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Local resident Tatiana said she heard an incoming projectile overhead and hid under her market stall.

“I saw smoke, people screamed, a woman was crying,” she told a local media outlet.

“Where is there anything military here? It's just a market,” another resident named Tatiana told the same outlet.

“This is one of the strongest blows in recent times,” she added.

Moscow called Sunday's attack a “barbaric terrorist attack” that showed the need for its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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“Security threats and acts of terrorism should not be committed from the territory of Ukraine,” its foreign ministry said.

Authorities in the region have declared Monday a day of mourning, Pushilin said.

Russia has indiscriminately shelled and bombed Ukrainian cities relentlessly since the launch of its full-scale invasion, killing at least tens of thousands of civilians.

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DAVID N.
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Indeed, Ukraine's artillery commanders are much skilled,

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Ken Hallett
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November 21, 2022 The European Parliament recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state that “uses means of terrorism.”

November 23, 2022 NATO adopted a unanimous resolution recognizing Russia as a “terrorist state.”

Many states have declared Russia 'terrorist' independently.

The U.S. still won't declare Russia a terrorist state. The designation of Russia as a state sponsor of terror could delay food exports and jeopardize deals to move goods through the Black Sea. Moscow has warned it would rupture U.S.-Russian ties.

Ukraine is getting food through by its own initiatives. Russia no longer rules the Black Sea, if it ever did. Turkey controls access to it. Moscow's claim that it would 'rupture U.S.-Russian ties' ... is one of many claims coming from Moscow.

There must be something more the U.S. isn't telling us.

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Arthur Turnbull
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This is just as likely to be a deliberate Russian strike for propaganda reasons. Russia has always been happy to sacrifice the innocent for its political ends.

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Imokru2
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Ukraine has a reputation of truthfulness in this war and they said they didn’t do it. In fact, Ukraine has gone out of its way to avoid civilian casualties in Russia. These were civilian UKRAINIAN casualties, so let’s take Ukraine at its word.
Well, if not them, who?
Firstly, it was a military attack with a missile not a civilian venture so it must be the armed forces of another nation in the region. One that has a history of such attacks and one that then lies about it. This nation has a history of barbarism and terrorism. It is a pariah state despised the world over. It hates the people of Ukraine.
Try as I might, I can’t come up with a name. Does anyone know which terrorist outlier did this?

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Peterpan
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Ukraine dont shell their own towns. Russian propoganda. Must be sub standard North Korean rubbish ammo. Slavia Ukraine!

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