Polina Menshikh, who spent most of her recent career taking trips to the occupied Donbas region to entertain the soldiers, was in mid-performance with her guitar when two missiles from Ukraine struck the cultural centre she was performing in. The blast also killed 25 troops and inured 100 others, as well as the 40-year-old. The performance was taking place in the village of Kumachovo, around 37-miles from the front line.
According to some outlets, Russia ordered a blackout of the news of the dead troops, but it has been leaked to the public anyway. The attack was caught on camera, and shows the moment the missiles hit the centre, destroying it beyond all recognition. It shows a massive hole in the ceiling while the place is covered in dust and debris, with steel girders now lying across the seating area.
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An corner of the building was also entirely destroyed by the dramatic blast, with the centre now entirely unusable. The attack took place on Sunday (November 19), which is said to have been done in retaliation for a Russian attack on Ukraine's 128th Brigade earlier this month.
The performance and gathering of the troops in a place so close to the boarder was slammed by Telegram sources normally famous for towing whatever line Putin wants putting out into the public.
According to pro-Kremlin Telegram channel Military Informant: "The building where the show event was held was located only 37 miles from the frontline. The result is predictable - the enemy struck with HIMARS, including Russian actress Polina Menshikh, who was performing at that moment, who died.
“Almost two years of war, and the untaught idiots still do not know what to do and what not to do.”
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