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The press service of the Donetsk regional administration reported that four residents of Snezhny were found dead under the ruins of a collapsed residential building; 12 apartments have been destroyed.
Civilians died in the southeastern city of Luhansk too. The city hall declared mourning for Tuesday and the next two days. According to the city council, over the past three days, 17 city dwellers have been killed, 73 people have received fragmentation and gunshot wounds and 24 residential buildings have been destroyed.
Troops loyal to Kiev also sustain losses. Six soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded today in shootouts with militiamen, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council speaker Andrey Lysenko said. The day before, three servicemen were killed and 12 wounded. There were no data about militiamen’s losses.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, while speaking Tuesday in the European Parliament, called on the sides to the conflict to immediately stop fire.
Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in the southeastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions are involved in fierce clashes as the Ukrainian armed forces are conducting a military operation to regain control over the breakaway regions, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums.
South Ossetia has recognized the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic. No other countries have followed suit so far.