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Seven people, including three children, die in shelling — DPR defense ministry

February 13, 2015, 10:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to DPR defense ministry spokesman, the Ukrainian forces shelled several settlements in the republic over 40 times in the last 24 hours
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Aftermath of a shelling attack in Donetsk

Aftermath of a shelling attack in Donetsk

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Seven people, including three children, died over the last 24 hours as a result of shelling of towns in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin told a briefing on Friday.

"Yesterday, three children died as a result of shelling of a residential house in Gorlovka — a boy, aged 1, and two girls, aged 6 and 12," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying. "In total, 7 civilians were killed and 15 more injured."

The Ukrainian forces shelled several settlements in DPR over 40 times in the last 24 hours, Basurin said. "Over the last 24 hours, [we] registered 42 shellings, including 19 in Donetsk, four in Golovka and one in Yasinovataya," he added.

The towns in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) were also shelled at night. Three people died and four more were injured in the shelling of residential areas in Luhansk from multiple rocket launch systems, LPR emergencies minister Sergey Ivanushkin said on Friday.

Last night, the city was shelled twice, Ivanushkin said. The first shelling came at around 10:30pm local time in the eastern part of Luhansk. Fifty-two explosions were registered when Smerch rockets hit targets.

"Apart from residential houses, [Smerch rockets] hit a fire department, a dairy plant, a gas pipeline, Vostochnaya boiler station and a kindergarten," Ivanushkin said.

The second shelling was carried out from Grad multiple rocket launcher at around 3:45am local time. Rockets hit residential houses located close to the center of the city.

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