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Two passengers killed as shell hits minibus in Ukraine's Luhansk

July 08, 2014, 11:37 UTC+3 LUGANSK

Two people have been killed and four wounded in the attack

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Luhansk after shelling, July 4

Luhansk after shelling, July 4

© ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

LUHANSK, July 08. /ITAR-TASS/. An artillery shell has hit a minibus carrying passengers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Tuesday. Two people have been killed and four wounded in the attack, according to the press service of the Luhansk city council.

“The injured have been brought to health care facilities,” the report says.

The press service also warned local residents against moving around the city without pressing need and asked them to avoid areas of armed clashes.


Ukraine’s Armed Forces use Grad rocket launchers

A similar incident took place on the eve, July 7, when the city was shelled from a Grad rocket launcher. One of the shells hit a car and killed several people who were in it. A barrage of 30 rockets has also damaged a number of buildings.

At the same time, a shooting attack was carried out on a military command of the militia from the airport of Luhansk controlled by the National Guard of Ukraine. Within an hour after the shooting attack started the militiamen opened backfire from mortar guns, and the artillery shooting of Luhansk stopped.


Poroshenko’s plan

Earlier, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has approved the plan of a special raid in Donetsk and Luhansk.

According to Mykhailo Koval, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine,  “the president has approved the detailed plan, which completely envisages all the stages of liberating our and from these people, who are destabilizing the situation there”.

The Security Council’s representative noted that amid the resuming of the active phase of the military operation in the east “in fact, the entire border (with Russia) was blocked from possibilities to bring heavy armory to the territory of Ukraine from abroad”.

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