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A Russian actress was killed onstage while performing in occupied Ukraine

Polina Menshikh went to Donetsk, a region of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, to perform for the military in a village called Kumachovo. As she was singing, the village was pummeled by a Ukrainian missile attack. Menshikh died, presumably with others in the audience.

A video posted to Telegram shows the moment the missile hit.

From The Moscow Times:

“A Telegram post by Platon Mamadov, a onetime pro-Kremlin troll now volunteering for the Russian war effort, said HIMARS first hit volunteers’ cars, a stage, and the artists’ dressing room. A second attack hit those who came to pull people out of the rubble and provide first aid, he said.

“The DNR officials said two apartment buildings and four “civil infrastructure” buildings had been damaged, but mentioned no deaths beyond Menshikh.

“The independent Holod news website and Newsweek reported that 25 Russian soldiers had also been killed in the attack, citing Ukrainian military sources.

“Russia’s Investigative Committee said Monday that it planned to open an investigation into the death of a civilian.”

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