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Ukrainian forces shell Russian-controlled Donetsk, officers say


A neighborhood resident rides a bicycle alongside destroyed buildings within the city of Lyman, Donetsk area, on December 14, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Ukrainian forces shelled the Russian-controlled japanese Ukrainian metropolis of Donetsk in a single day in a few of the greatest assaults for years, Russian-installed officers within the annexed areas mentioned on December 15.

“At exactly 7.00 o’clock this morning they subjected the centre of Donetsk to the most massive attack since 2014,” Alexei Kulemzin, the Russian-backed mayor of town, mentioned on Telegram.

“Forty rockets from BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers were fired at civilians in our city,” Mr. Kulemzin mentioned. He forged the assault as a battle crime.

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Reuters was unable to right away confirm Mr. Kulemzin’s account of what occurred, and there was no fast response to his feedback from Ukrainian officers.

Mr. Kulemzin informed Russian state TV that preliminary data indicated that 5 individuals had been harm within the shelling, together with a toddler.

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Video footage launched by Russia’s state RIA information company confirmed smoke rising from broken buildings, debris-strewn yards and streets, burnt out vehicles, and what gave the impression to be a blood stain on a pavement subsequent to somebody’s hat.

Firefighters have been seen dousing flames.

Mr. Kulemzin, the mayor, mentioned a kindergarten, a faculty, a college, a pupil hospital and a cathedral had been broken within the assault.

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