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Three civilians killed in Ukrainian army’s shelling of Donetsk

August 26, 2014, 14:13 UTC+3 DONETSK

The militia headquarters earlier reported that Donetsk, which had formed united armed forces, launched a counteroffensive on August 24 and 25, encircling three large groupings of Ukrainian troops

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DONETSK, August 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Three civilians have been killed in the Ukrainian army’s shelling of Donetsk, the city council said on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian military shelled the city’s Petrovsky and Kievsky districts last night, destroying several residential buildings, and also some premises of the Trudovskaya coalmine, the city council said.

“Unfortunately, three civilians were killed,” the city council said.

Meanwhile, east Ukraine self-defense fighters are battling with the pro-Kiev troops for control of the town of Ilovaisk and the settlements of Yelenovka (Olenovka) and Yasinovataya, the local news agency Novorossiya reported on Tuesday.

Fighting for Yelenovka (Olenovka) resumed on Tuesday morning. The militias gained control of this populated area on Monday but were eventually forced to leave it as they had no reinforcements to continue their offensive.

The militia headquarters earlier reported that the Donetsk People’s Republic, which had formed united armed forces, launched a counteroffensive on August 24 and 25, encircling three large groupings of Ukrainian troops.

The Donetsk self-defense fighters blocked over 7,000 Ukrainian troops and over 400 pieces of the armor, the militia headquarters said.

The pro-Kiev grouping trapped in the cauldron also included over 40 tanks, about 100 infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and airborne combat vehicles and about 50 Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems, the militia headquarters said.

Meanwhile, the headquarters of Kiev’s military operation in the country’s east and the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council did not confirm the militia’s reports.

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The political crisis in Ukraine led to the formation of many armed groups on its territory. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council said that the pro-Kiev troops had destroyed about 250 militia, eight tanks, 10 combat armored vehicles, three Grad multiple rocket launchers and one howitzer on August 25 alone near Ilovaisk, Khartsyzsk and Yelenovka (Olenovka). The heaviest fighting took place near Yelenovka (Olenovka) where the Ukrainian troops destroyed 7 tanks, 7 combat armored vehicles, one Grad rocket launcher and one howitzer, the National Security and Defense Council said.

Pro-Kiev troops and local militias in the eastern 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.

During the military operation, Kiev has used armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation. Many buildings have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have had to flee Ukraine’s embattled east.

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