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Five civilians killed in Ukrainian army shelling of Donetsk over past 24 hours

January 20, 2015, 13:19 UTC+3 DONETSK
On Tuesday a shell exploded near a bus stop when a minibus was approaching, on Monday two shells hit a hospital in Donetsk city center, leaving 5 people dead and 26 injured over the past 24 hours
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DONETSK, January 20. /TASS/. Five civilians were killed by shelling on Monday and Tuesday in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the republic’s defense ministry, said on Tuesday.

The head of the city’s Kuibyshev and Kievsky district administrations, Ivan Prikhodko, told the Donetsk news agency that a shell exploded near a bus stop when a minibus was approaching. As a result, one person was killed on the spot by the shell fragments and another 6 got injuries of varying degrees of severity, he said.

“Civilian casualties overnight included one killed and six wounded, including two women,” the Donetsk news agency quoted Basurin as saying, adding that five people, therefore, had been killed and 26 injured over the past 24 hours.

Donetsk city administration said on Monday two residents had been killed and 11 wounded in shelling of Donetsk districts by the Ukrainian armed forces. Two shells hit a hospital in Donetsk city center, leaving one doctor and five patients wounded while also damaging the cardiology department.

Many buildings in the district bear witness to the intensity of the overnight shelling, including communal infrastructure facilities. Some 101 transformer substations and one water supply unit had been disabled, the city administration said.

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