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27 wounded when Donetsk Region city comes under artillery fire

August 18, 2014, 20:28 UTC+3 DONETSK
Shells completely destroyed three private houses and smashed windows in a few five-story buildings
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DONETSK, August 18./ITAR-TASS/. A total of 27 people were wounded on Monday when the Ukrainian army opened artillery fire on the city of Khartsyzsk in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk Region, the Novorossiya news agency reported.

Sixteen of them have been hospitalized, the agency said. “People mainly suffered wounds from windowpanes smashed by the shockwave. In particular, a fragment hit a pensioner’s eye. She was hospitalized to Donetsk,” the report said.

Shells completely destroyed three private houses and smashed windows in a few five-story buildings.

The most of the city has been blacked out and cellular communications have been disrupted.

The reports have not been confirmed by other sources yet.

The regional town of Khartsyzsk is situated 15 kilometers east of Donetsk in the region’s central part.

The southeastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been the scene for fierce clashes between troops loyal to Kiev and local militias as the Ukrainian armed forces are conducting a military operation to regain control over the breakaway territories, which on May 11 proclaimed their independence at local referendums.

Kiev has used armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation in its military operation, which has been conducted since mid-April. Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in it. Many buildings have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have had to flee Ukraine’s southeast.

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