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“We can confirm that a mortar hit a nine-storey block of flats in Universitetskaya Street,” the press service said adding that casualties have been reported.
A Tass correspondent said in a dispatch on the spot that on Thursday evening Donetsk came under the most intense shelling over the recent days and explosions were heard even in the city center.
On Wednesday, the press service of the Donetsk city council said nine people were killed as a result of a shellings attack. In particular, three people - the biology teacher and two parents - died when school No. 57 came under fire; five people received fragmentation wounds.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the increased violence in Ukraine in the past few days.
Clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have claimed some 3,500 lives, according to the UN, and forced hundreds of thousands to flee Ukraine’s war-torn east.
On September 20 in Minsk, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE adopted a memorandum outlining the parameters for the implementation of commitments on the ceasefire in Ukraine laid down in the Minsk Protocol of September 5.