Incident Summary:

05/13/2017: Assailants fired projectiles at a civilian residence in Avdiivka, Donetsk, Ukraine. At least four people were killed and another person was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Donetsk People's Republic, which denied involvement.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Yasynuvata district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Avdiyivka Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Artillery was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The Donetsk People's Republic blamed the attack on government forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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