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Six die in Donetsk as a result of Ukraine army shelling in one day-DPR Defense Ministry

February 04, 2015, 23:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 4 /TASS/. At least six people died and 28 were injured in the Ukraine army shelling of Donetsk over the past day, Eduard Basurin, a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said on Wednesday.

"In Donetsk, four people were killed and 12 were injured by shells in the Tekstilshchiki neighborhood. Two people died and five were injured in the Leninsky district and at the Mariupol road junction," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying.

Basurin added that the Ukrainian artillery had intensively shelled the residential areas and outskirts of Donetsk from heavy weapons.

"Twenty-six artillery attacks on populated localities have been observed. The targets were hospitals and schools. There are numerous casualties," Basurin said.

The spokesperson said that one the shells had exploded near a Donetsk hotel where officers of the Joint Control and Ceasefire Coordination Center were staying.

According to Basurin, the town of Gorlovka has come under heavy shelling at the moment.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission /SMM/ to Ukraine has revealed new facts that the Ukraine army is using cluster munitions to shell the populated localities in Donbas, the SMM wrote in its daily report for February 3.

The DPR-controlled town of Komsomolskoye was affected by heavy shelling by MLRS on February 2, according to the local residents.

"The SMM examined nine impacts caused by what appeared to be 220mm rockets which appear to have been launched from a Uragan MLRS. The analysis suggested that the shelling came from a south-western direction," the February 3 report said.

"Among the remnants from the rockets, the SMM saw delivery casing which it assessed as evidence that anti-personnel cluster munitions had been used," the OSCE mission said.

According to the local residents, one person was killed and two civilians were wounded in the shelling.

The OSCE observers at the Donetsk and Gukovo border crossing points /BCP/ have not fixed any military movement

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