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We are appalled by this but not surprised - U.S. Department of State on Kramatorsk strike

We are appalled by this but not surprised - U.S. Department of State on Kramatorsk strike Rescue operations at the site of a Russian missile strike in Kramatorsk (

In the U.S. State Department, concerns have been raised about Russia's continuing escalation of full-scale military aggression against Ukraine, evident in the ongoing strikes on civilian cities, such as the recent rocket attack on Kramatorsk. Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Vedant Patel, made these remarks during a briefing.

The State Department representative emphasized that the United States "unequivocally condemns the targeting of civilians and offers our sincere condolences to those lost in this most recent strike in the city center."

Furthermore, the American official highlighted that while the White House is appalled by this but not surprised by Russia’s conduct

The strike on Kramatorsk was referred to as yet another example by the State Department, indicating Russia's continuing escalation and "sheer brutality of its war of aggression in Ukraine."

"While others are focused on pursuing a way to end this war, Russia is again undertaking strikes, sending drones and missiles into residential areas of a neighboring country," stated Patel.

On June 27, Russian occupiers launched a rocket attack at Kramatorsk, using "Iskander" missiles. The invaders targeted a public food establishment in the city center, which was crowded at the time, as well as the private sector of the village of Bilenke.

Following the hostile attack, rescue efforts were underway at the rocket impact sites, hampered by debris removal.

According to updated information, the rocket attack on Kramatorsk resulted in the deaths of 11 people, including three children. Over 60 civilians were injured.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense stated that over the past week, Russia has increased the intensity of rocket attacks by 1.6 times.