Ukraine: five civilians killed and 12 injured in bombings in Donetsk
Five civilians were killed and 12 others were injured on Saturday in Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, local pro-Russian authorities said in a statement. This city has been the scene of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-affiliated separatists since 2014.
Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, in the separatist east of Ukraine, killed several people and injured a dozen on Saturday, local pro-Russian authorities said in a statement. “As a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces, five people were killed and 12 others were injured in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR),” the local authorities’ general staff said in the statement posted on Telegram.
Donetsk is the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed “republic” of Donetsk, in the Donbass coal basin in eastern Ukraine. Partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, this region is the subject of fierce fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian forces which launched an offensive in Ukraine on February 24.
More than 200 shells fell on several districts of Donetsk
“From the morning, massive enemy shelling targets the capital of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, the pro-Russian military forces of the DNR said in a separate statement, claiming that more than 200 shells of 155 mm caliber artillery fell on several districts of Donetsk on Saturday.
According to Russian news agencies, the bombings hit a cinema and a cafe in the city center in particular.