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Two injured, four wounded as Ukrainian army shells Kramatorsk

MOSCOW, June 16, /ITAR-TASS/. Two people were killed and four were injured on Monday when Ukraine’s military shelled a driving school in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region, representatives of the city’s militia said.

“We just returned from the 17th district, took the bodies of two killed and four wounded people out of there,” they told Itar-Tass by phone.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine’s military shelled from grenade launchers and mortars a power substation, a tuberculosis clinic and a driving school in Kramatorsk.

Besides, a militia spokesman said, a few shells exploded in the nonresidential sector.

Clashes have been underway between the Ukrainian military and militias in Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which refused to recognize the authorities who had been propelled to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

A Kiev-led punitive operation against federalization supporters in Ukraine's Southeast that involves armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation has already claimed hundreds of lives, including civilian, and left some buildings destroyed and damaged.

The Donetsk and Lugansk regions held referendums on May 11, in which most voters supported independence from Ukraine. Their independence has not been officially recognized.

Russia has repeatedly called on Kiev to end the punitive operation and engage in dialogue with Ukraine’s Southeast.

New Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, who won the May 25 early presidential elections and took office on June 7, has not given orders to stop the deadly operation despite hopes he would do so after he was sworn in.