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About 70 civilians injured in Ukraine’s Lugansk over 24 hours

August 23, 2014, 21:02 UTC+3 LUGANSK

At least 210,000 people are currently staying in the city with no water or electricity, the city council said

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LUGANSK, August 23 /ITAR-TASS/. Sixty-eight civilians have been injured as a result of fighting in Ukraine’s eastern city of Lugansk over the past 24 hours, the city council said on Saturday.

It said the shelling continued and had damaged several hours on one of the streets.

No food, medicines and fuel have been supplied to the city over the past three weeks. There is no water and electricity, land lines and cell phones are not working, and no wages, social allowances and pensions are paid.

As the food situation is deteriorating, only the very basic staples such as bread and milk can be bought from vending vehicles after standing several hours in line.

The spokesman for the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, Pyotr Mikhailov, told Itar-Tass: “The attacks on the city continue and their purpose is to cause panic among the residents of Lugansk.”

At least 210,000 people are currently staying in the city with no water or electricity, he said.

“There is no electricity because power lines have been destroyed, and we will be unable to restore power supply until our army fights Ukrainian troops out,” Mikhailov said, adding that despite the absence of electricity the majority of hospitals were still working.

“They [hospitals] use diesel and gasoline generators. We keep this issue in the focus of our attention,” he said.

Although the humanitarian situation remains critical, there are no epidemics in the city. “No outburst of epidemics or other dangerous diseases has been registered,” Mikhailov said.

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