23 dead in a heinous Russian attack on a civilian convoy rescuing families in ‘annexed’ Ukraine hours before Putin’s speech

At least 23 people have been killed after a disgusting Russian missile attack wiped out a civilian convoy rescuing families in “annexed” Ukraine.

The horror attack in Zaporizhia comes just hours before Vladimir Putin is set to declare four regions of Ukraine Russia in an escalation of his shambolic seven-month war.

Pictures showed burned-out vehicles and bodies lying on the ground in Zaporizhia

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Pictures showed burned-out vehicles and bodies lying on the ground in ZaporizhiaPhoto credit: Twitter
The convoy had planned to travel to Russian-occupied territory to pick up relatives and take them to safety

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The convoy had planned to travel to Russian-occupied territory to pick up relatives and take them to safetyPhoto credit: Twitter
A Kremlin deputy in the region denied that the Russian army was behind the attack

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A Kremlin deputy in the region denied that the Russian army was behind the attackPhoto credit: Reuters

Pictures showed burnt-out vehicles and bodies lying on the ground after the rocket attack at the sprawling car market in Orekhovo.

Oleksandr Starukh, regional governor of Zaporizhia said: “The enemy launched a missile attack on the outskirts of the regional center.

“So far 23 dead and 28 wounded. All civilians.”

Starukh said the convoy planned to travel to the Russian-occupied territory to pick up her relatives and take her to safety.

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The missile left a massive crater in the ground near the two lines of vehicles, blasting the windows of cars and vans after being sprayed by shrapnel from the effects of the strike.

The vehicles were packed with belongings, blankets and suitcases.

Plastic sheets were seen covering the bodies of a woman and a young man in a green car, while two other people were found dead in their white van with the windows blown out.

A Kremlin deputy in the region denied that the Russian army was behind the attack – and blamed it on Ukraine.

The deadly missile attack comes as Mad Vlad plans to declare four regions of Ukraine Russia after a referendum at a sham gunpoint.

The regions include areas in Zaporizhia – but not the city itself – which remains under Ukrainian control.

The Russian leader will also claim victory in Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk and Kherson regions.

The four regions cover about 90,000 square kilometers, or about 15 percent of Ukraine’s total area – about the size of Hungary or Portugal.

A major rally is being prepared in Moscow’s Red Square as Putin prepares to declare the annexation with a major speech on Friday.

Posters have appeared in Moscow that read: “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia, Kherson – Russia!”

Putin will meet with leaders of the Russian-backed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as Russian-installed leaders of parts of Kherson and Zaporizhia occupied by his forces.

On Wednesday, pro-Kremlin officials said all four regions — which make up about 15 percent of Ukraine’s total territory — voted to join Russia.

Footage emerged of voters being led to the polls at gunpoint by pro-Russian paramilitary groups while election officials appeared to be counting stacks of unmarked ballots as “yes” votes.

Another video shows thugs installed by Russia taking ballot boxes from door to door, surrounded by armed men.

Putin’s cronies claimed that 99 percent of ballots cast in Donetsk were for joining Russia, 98 percent in Luhansk, 93 percent in Zaporizhia and 87 percent in Kherson.

The referendums were declared illegal by the majority of the international community.

UN chief Antonio Guterres said it was a “dangerous escalation” that would hurt future prospects for peace.

US President Joe Biden said the US would never recognize Russia’s claims to Ukraine’s territory.

“The results were made in Moscow,” Biden said.

The US and EU will impose further sanctions on Russia over the annexation, and even some of Russia’s allies, such as Serbia and Kazakhstan, have said they will not recognize the takeover.

In response to the sham referendums, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called an emergency meeting of his National Security and Defense Council on Friday.

“It can still be stopped. But to stop it, we have to stop this person in Russia who wants war more than life. Your lives, citizens of Russia,” he said in an address to the nation Thursday night.

Ukraine has vowed to take back its territory.

Mikhailo Podolyak, Zelensky’s adviser, told La Repubblica: “Referendums have no legal value, under international law the regions are and will remain territories of Ukraine and Ukraine is ready to do everything to retake them.

“These were sham elections in which only a few took part.

“They pointed their guns in the face of those who went to vote.”

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It comes as thousands of men fled Russia to avoid Mad Vlad’s mass mobilization of troops to the front lines in Ukraine.

Enlistment was billed as recruiting men with military experience and the required specializations – but it often seemed as if they were unaware of service records, health or even age, with images of Putin’s “dad’s army” surfacing who lined up for war.

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