Zaporizhzhia civilian convoy attack

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Zaporizhzhia civilian convoy attack
Part of Attacks on civilians in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Missile strike on a humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia, 2022-09-30 (03).jpg
Damaged vehicles on September 30
Location Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Date30 September 2022
Attack type
Missile strike
Deaths32 [1]
Injured~88 [2]
PerpetratorsBanner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg  Russian Armed Forces

On September 30, 2022, the Russian Armed Forces reportedly launched S-300 missiles at a civilian convoy, killing 32 people, both adults and children, and injuring 86 more. [1] [3] [4] [5] [6]


The Russian Armed Forces launched 16 S-300 missiles on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, the capital of Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Four missiles hit an area next to an automotive market on the southeast of Zaporizhzia, where a humanitarian convoy of around 60 cars was forming before going to the Russian checkpoint at Vasylivka in order to pick up their relatives. [7] [8]

The attack occurred hours before Russia formally annexed four regions of Ukraine, including Zaporizhzhia Oblast. [5]


Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell condemned the attack, tweeting, "Another heinous attack by Russia on civilians: this time a humanitarian convoy bringing vital help to people living in the non-government controlled areas of Zaporizhzhia." [9]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the attack by calling Russia a "state-terrorist". [4] The Zaporizhzhia regional prosecutor's office opened a criminal case on the violation of the laws and customs of war. [10] The Ukrainian authorities of the Zaporizhzhia region declared October 1 a day of mourning.

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