Disinfo: A Ukrainian drone killed a 5-year-old child near Donetsk


Two months ago, a Ukrainian drone threw explosives in the yard of a family house in Donetsk. The five-year-old son of the family was stepping out of the house. His remains looked so terrible that he had to be buried in a closed coffin, despite the Orthodox tradition.


The disinformation claim above originates from April, 2021 when Russia started mobilising its military forces along the Ukrainian border and the occupied region of Crimea.

The claim, which was covered by EUvsDisinfo, remains doubtful and unverified. The involvement of Ukrainian armed forces in the tragedy also remains unlikely.

According to an OSCE report at the time about military activities in Donbas:

The Mission continued to follow up on the death of a five-year-old boy on 2 April in non-government-controlled Oleksandrivske (47km north-east of Donetsk), a settlement located about 14km south of the contact line (for previous observations, see SMM Daily Report of 6 April 2021). On 7 April, in Yenakiieve (non-government-controlled, 41km north-east of Donetsk), the parents of the boy (man and woman, in their thirties) showed the SMM a medical certificate which states that the boy had died on 2 April due to blast trauma and multiple shrapnel wounds.
On the same day, about 6.5m south-west of the house at 36 Dorozhna Street on northern edge of Oleksandrivske, which the boy was visiting, the SMM saw a crater (20cm in width) assessed as recent. It saw multiple holes (2mm-7cm in width) in: the main gate and wooden shed about 12m north-east and 1m south-west, respectively, of the crater, in two metal water tanks about 4m south-west of the crater, and in a wooden fence surrounding a garden about 3.5m south of the crater. It also saw multiple holes (2mm-7cm in width) in two south-western-facing walls of the house as well as in its south-facing wall and front metal door. It also saw that three window panes of a window in one of the south-western-facing walls were shattered. Inside the house, the Mission saw a hole (5cm in width) in the ceiling of the kitchen and two holes (4-5cm in width) in the living room, both located on the south-western side of the house. The SMM could not assess the type of ordnance that caused the crater. It assessed all the above-mentioned damage as recent and probably caused by shrapnel.
On the same day at the house, the grandmother of the boy told the SMM that she had also been injured on 2 April when the explosion occurred. The SMM saw a cut and bruise behind her ear, reportedly caused by glass from a shattered window.

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  • Reported in: Issue 249
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/06/2021
  • Article language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine
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