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Total of 3 children in Donetsk wounded while trying to disassemble Ukrainian shell

August 08, 2015, 19:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. A total of three children aged eight to thirteen years old received severe wounds on Saturday as they tried to disassemble a Ukrainian shell, Yana Chepikova, an advisor for children's rights to the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said on Saturday.

"The emergency unfolded on Saturday in the city's Kirovsky district," she said. "Preliminary information says the children climbed one of the local slag heaps [a by-product of the coalmining industry] and found there an unexploded shell of the Ukrainian Army units over there."

"Then they brought it home and began disassemble it," Chepikova said. "As a result, an explosion went off and the children received serious traumas."

Permanent shelling of the areas near Donetsk leave heaps of unexploded shells, which pose extreme dangers to children. Since the start of Kiev's punitive operation against the people of Donbass, as many as 72 children have died and another 306 have been wounded.

The so-called 'peace and quiet regime' that took effect officially on February 15, 2015. A demand to stop hostilities was part and parcel of a Complex of Measures for Implementation of the Minsk Accords.

Officials in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have said on innumerable occasions compliance with the ceasefire is contingent entirely on the actions of the Ukrainian side.

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