Ukraine crisis: five civilians killed, 12 injured in Donetsk – News

Massive shelling has targeted the city since morning



A house on fire after a shelling in Donetsk. PA

By AFP

Published: Sat, Jun 18, 2022, 8:02 PM

Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in a Ukrainian shelling of the eastern separatist city of Donetsk, local authorities said on Saturday.

“As a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces, five people were killed and 12 others injured in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” local authorities said in a statement posted on Telegram.

Donetsk is the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk, in the Donbass coal region in eastern Ukraine.

Partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, the region has been the subject of fierce fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces who launched an offensive into Ukraine on February 24.

“Since this morning, massive enemy shelling has targeted the capital of the republic,” pro-Russian forces said in a statement, adding that more than 200 155mm caliber artillery shells fell on several neighborhoods in Donetsk on Saturday.

Russian news agencies reported that the bombing targeted a downtown cinema and cafe.

Christi C. Elwood