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The spokesman told Itar-Tass that most injured people were in serious condition. The city’s medical institutions lack doctors and medications.
The artillery shelling of Kramatorsk by Ukrainian troops continued overnight. The spokesman said there was a lull in the early morning hours of Thursday but then strikes resumed, and were delivered at a residential building. Nearby buildings, power transmission lines and streetcar tracks were damaged.
The militia spokesman said the Ukrainian military subjected to massing shelling the city of Nikolayevka 10 kilometers from Kramatorsk and 6 kilometers from the city of Slavyansk. The Slavyansk thermal power plant was damaged as a result. Eyewitnesses said Nikolayevka was nearly completely destroyed by shells.
According to preliminary data, Grad multiple launch rocket systems were used in the shelling of Kramatorsk.
Ukraine has been in turmoil since the end of last year, when then-President Viktor Yanukovich suspended the signing of an association agreement with the European Union to study the deal more thoroughly. His decision triggered anti-government protests that often turned violent and eventually led to a coup in February 2014.
New people were brought to power in Kiev amid riots and ultranationalist rhetoric. Crimea refused to recognize the coup-imposed authorities, held a referendum and seceded from Ukraine to reunify with Russia in mid-March after some 60 years as part of Ukraine. The West and Kiev do not recognize Crimea's reunification with Russia.Crimea’s example apparently inspired residents of Ukraine’s Southeast, who supported the country’s federalization. They started massive protests and formed militias. Since mid-April, Kiev has been conducting a punitive operation against federalization supporters.
Kiev’s operation against federalization supporters in Ukraine's embattled southeastern regions bordering Russia, which involves armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation, has already resulted in hundreds of deaths, destroyed buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to cross the border from Ukraine to Russia.
Poroshenko signed the final economic part of the agreement on association and free trade area between Ukraine and the EU on the sidelines of an EU summit held in Brussels on June 27.