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Railwaymen killed as Ukrainian forces open mortar fire

June 06, 2014, 14:01 UTC+3 6 6/6
One of the workers was killed, survivors were kept in closed premises, a people's militia spokesman says
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DONETSK, June 06./ITAR-TASS/. Two railway workers sent from Kramatorsk, the Donetsk region, to Krasny Liman to repair a damaged railroad were killed in a mortar fire attack, Novorossia agency reported on Friday.

A railroad was damaged in Krasny Liman in air strikes carried out by Ukrainian aircraft on June 3 and 4. Trains on local routes were delayed because of serious damage of tracks and the platform in Krasny Liman.

The Donetsk railway press service reported administrative and other buildings, the platform and the railroad at the station of Krasny Liman were damaged as a result of the air attack.

Fierce fighting between people's militia and Ukrainian armed forces took place near Sloviansk and Krasny Liman on June 3 and 4. After the National Guards (Ukrainian armed forces) continued massive artillery shelling of Sloviansk and suburban residential areas, assault aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force, fighters and helicopters, carried out strikes on nearby villages.

According to information of the militia, Ukrainian forces shot a team of railway workers from Sloviansk in Krasny Liman. One of the workers was killed. Survivors were kept in closed premises. Snipers did not allow them to go out, a militia spokesman said.

Local self-defense forces had to leave Krasny Liman, which was seized by Ukrainian government forces.

The chairman of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, told ITAR-TASS on June 4 that Ukrainian servicemen shot 25 people in a hospital in Krasny Liman. "According to the preliminary information, more than 25 people were killed. But we fear there were more victims," he said. "It is more than genocide to shoot wounded and ill people. Amoral actions of the Kiev junta defy explanation," Pushilin said.

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