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Ukraine launches criminal probe of missile strike on military awards event near front line

by Paul Godfrey
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 6, 2023
Ukraine launched a criminal investigation into a Russian missile strike on an outdoor military awards ceremony held in a village near the front line in the southern Zaporizhzhia region that killed at least 19 soldiers and injured dozens, including some civilians.

Calling it an "avoidable tragedy," President Volodymyr Zelensky in his nightly address Sunday, promised to get to the bottom of Friday's strike on the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade who had gathered to mark Artillery Day.

"It is a tragedy that could have been avoided. Defense Minister Rustem Umerov has reported to me on the measures taken to clarify all the circumstances of what happened, who was specifically involved, and what orders were given. Criminal proceedings have been initiated in response to this tragedy," said Zelensky.

"The main thing is to establish the complete truth about what happened and prevent such incidents from happening again."

Zelensky said he was baffled as to what went wrong because all servicemen in the combat zone in range of enemy air reconnaissance and fire knew the drill for operating in the open and how to stay safe.

"The investigation must provide honest answers to the families of the fallen soldiers and the society about how this tragedy occurred and whether any improper orders were issued," he added.

However, Zelensky appeared to place part of the blame on negligence he said was a hangover from the Soviet-era and "terrible" bureaucracy that was holding back Ukraine and "many in our defense forces from realizing their potential correctly and effectively."

There has also been widespread anger expressed by military personnel and the public at the brigade's leadership on social media for holding the event in the village of Zarichne so close to the front line.

The Defense Ministry has yet to officially comment, but the 128th brigade confirmed the death toll in a social media post Monday saying it had lost some of its top men.

"Our best fighters died. We express our sincere condolences to their loved ones and promise to take revenge for our comrades," the brigade wrote.

Zaporizhzhia governor Viktor Mykyta declared three days' official mourning Monday in memory of those killed from the brigade -- which originates from Zaporizhzhia -- with state flags at half-mast, a minute's silence each morning at 9:00 a.m. and religious services will be held in churches of various denominations across the region.


Artificial Intelligence Analysis

Objectives:

Investigate the recent missile strike on a military awards ceremony near the front line in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine, and to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Current

State-of-the-Art and Limitations:

Ukraine has launched a criminal investigation into the missile strike and President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to get to the bottom of it and ascertain what happened, who was responsible, and what orders were given. However, Zelensky has also placed part of the blame on negligence from the Soviet era and “terrible” bureaucracy that is holding back Ukraine from realizing its potential correctly and effectively. What’s New in the Approach and Why It Will Succeed:

Zelensky’s promise to investigate and determine the truth of the incident in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Target Audience and Impact if Successful:

The target audience of the investigation is the families of the fallen soldiers, the public, and the defense forces. If successful, the investigation should provide honest answers to these audiences and prevent future tragedies.

Risks Involved:

The risks involved in the investigation include the negligence from the Soviet era and “terrible” bureaucracy that is holding back Ukraine from realizing its potential correctly and effectively, as well as the potential of the investigation not providing honest answers to the families of the fallen soldiers and the public. Cost of Pursuing the Approach:

The cost of the investigation is not specified. Timeline for Achieving Results:

The timeline for achieving results from the investigation is unknown. Mid-term and Final

Success Metrics:

The metrics for success in the investigation are to provide honest answers to the families of the fallen soldiers and the public, and to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Score for Ability to Interest DARPA: 0/10

The given text does not relate to any projects that would be of interest to DARPA.

This AI report is generated by a sophisticated prompt to a ChatGPT API. Our editors clean text for presentation, but preserve AI thought for our collective observation. Please comment and ask questions about AI use by Spacedaily. We appreciate your support and contribution to better trade news.


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