MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Decisions to use the missile Tochka-U are made by the command of the Ukrainian miliary group after approval from the top military commanders in Kiev, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday.
"Let me stress that decisions to use this type of missile weapons are made at least by the command of the Ukrainian military group following approval from the top military commanders in Kiev," Konashenkov said.
He stressed that the strike against Donetsk with the Tochka-U missile "once again confirmed the neo-Nazi and inhuman nature of Ukraine’s current rulers."
According to earlier reports a Tochka-U missile, launched by the Ukrainian army, was shot down over Donetsk on Monday. Its debris crashed on the city center. The Donetsk People’s Republic’s leader, Denis Pushilin, said the missile carried a cluster munition and would have caused far greater casualties, had it not been intercepted. Pushilin said the attack left 17 killed and 28 others, including one minor, injured. The casualties are yet to be confirmed. On March 15, the Donetsk People’s Republic will observe a day of mourning for the victims.