Incident Summary:

07/13/2020: An explosive device detonated targeting a Ukrainian soldier in Zaitseve, Donetsk, Ukraine. The soldier was killed in the blast. This was one of two related attacks in the area on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Donetsk People's Republic.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Zaitseve

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Ukrainian Army
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the involvement of Russian forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deceased, who was returned by Russian-led forces on July 17, is a military medic from Estonia – DNA test," Interfax-Ukraine, July 20, 2020.
"BBCM Ukraine Watchlist for 14 July," Ukrainian media, July 14, 2020.
"Military doctor was killed in Donbas during evacuation of dead and wounded soldiers," 112.UA International, July 13, 2020.