The New York Times conducted its own investigation of the missile attack on Kostyantynivka on September 6, the conclusion, the attack was carried out by the Ukrainian side.
This is indicated by video recordings from an external surveillance camera and the testimony of eyewitnesses who said that a few minutes before the explosion they saw two rockets fired from the outskirts of Druzhkovka.
Further, in The New York Times investigation, the experts examined the scene of the incident, analyzed the fragmentation damage to the facades of the buildings and fragments of the rocket, and concluded that the strike was caused by a 9M38 surface-to-air missile from the Buk anti-aircraft missile system. Let’s not forget that Blinken was in Kyiv for a visit that day, and Zelensky released this video quicker than he could say “Give me more money”.
On September 6, a terrible tragedy took place in the town of Konstantinovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, controlled by the Kyiv regime. A missile struck the local market. As a result, 16 civilians were killed, and 33 others were wounded.
Ukraine and its Western partners immediately accused Moscow of a bloody attack on civilians. However, the lack of professionalism of Zelensky’s team instantly confirmed that the town was intentionally struck by the Ukrainian military.
Kiev hastened to declare that the market was struck by ‘some shells’ but the video officially published by Zelensky’s office clearly showed that it was hit by a missile. The missile launch is clearly audible, thus it was most likely launched from an airplane.
In the video, people who also heard the launch looked up a moment before the impact. This allowed us to conclude that the missile was launched from the north-western direction, that is, from the territory controlled by the Ukrainian military.
The missile is also seen on the video, reflecting on the roof of one of the cars. It was supposed to be the US-made AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missile. It could be launched by the Ukrainian MiG-29 that took off from the airfield in Mirgorod, Poltava region.
Eyewitnesses from several settlements nearby wrote on social networks that there was an aircraft in the sky at the time of the attack. It could not be Russian due to the remoteness from the front.
Videos from the scene of the tragedy distributed by the Ukrainian media in an attempt to show the inhumanity of the Russians have become important evidence confirming Kyiv’s guilt.
At the site of the impact, the buildings were damaged by multiple identical holes from shrapnel. Anti-aircraft and anti-radar missiles have similar warheads with many striking elements. For example, the AGM-88 HARM carries a warhead with 12,800 tungsten striking elements or 25,000 steel elements in its old version. Its warhead explodes in the air to cause maximum damage. Footage from the spot confirmed that there is no funnel at the explosion site. A comparison of the explosion in Konstantinovka with the explosion of the HARM missile on an old American training video proved that they are identical.
On September 12, Kyiv de facto confirmed its guilt. Zelensky’s adviser Podolyak declared that there would be no investigation of the tragedy because for Kyiv “everything is obvious … the missile was Russian.”
While the Russian military had no reason to waste expensive missiles to destroy the local market, Kyiv tried its best to play victim exactly on the day of the arrival of the US State Secretary Blinken. Moreover, this is not the first Ukrainian bloody provocation that killed citizens of the Donbas. Kyiv has never considered the lives of the population of the pro-Russian regions as valuable.