KOSTIANTYNIVKA, Ukraine — Victims of a deadly Russian missile attack that struck a busy market in eastern Ukraine were buried Thursday, as Moscow kept up its assault on Ukraine's grain export infrastructure, hitting a Ukrainian port for the fourth time in five days.
At least 17 people were killed and 32 wounded in Wednesday's attack on the market in Kostiantynivka, in Ukraine's Donestsk region — another grim reminder of the war's civilian toll.
Among the victims were Mykola and Natalia Shyrai, whose bodies were laid to rest in a village outside Kostiantynivka on Thursday. The married couple, in their 50s, had been selling flowers in the market when they were killed in the blast. Dozens of people from the small settlement arrived to say their final farewells as caskets covered white cloth were shut and lowered.
The attack the previous day had turned an outdoor market into a fiery, blackened ruin, and overshadowed a two-day visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aimed at assessing Ukraine's 3-month-old counteroffensive and signaling continued U.S. support for the fight.
While touring northern Ukraine on Thursday, Blinken said the death and destruction in Kostiantynivka was “what Ukrainians are living with every day.”