Incident Summary:

07/13/2020: Assailants opened fire on medical personnel attempting to retrieve the body of a Ukrainian soldier who had been killed in Zaitseve, Donetsk, Ukraine. One medic, an Estonian national, was killed and two other personnel were injured in the attack. 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) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Ukraine
Specific Description Medics
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Estonian Defence Forces
Specific Description Medic
Nationality of Target Estonia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
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. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
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.