War in Ukraine: five civilians killed and 12 others injured in bombings in Donetsk

Five civilians were killed and 12 others were injured on Saturday June 18 in Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, according to a statement from the pro-Russian separatist authorities published on Telegram. “Early in the morning, massive enemy shelling [ont visé] the capital of the Donestk People’s Republic”they wrote.

A cinema and a café affected

Pro-Russian forces also claim that more than 200 155 mm caliber artillery shells fell on several districts of the city on Saturday. According to Russian news agencies, the bombings hit a cinema and a cafe in the city center in particular.

Donetsk is the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed “republic” of Donetsk, in the Donbass coalfield. Partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, this region has been the subject of fierce fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russian and pro-Russian forces.

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