Ukrainian army shells several residential buildings in Donesk

March 4, 2017 10:30 pm

Ukrainian servicemen with their 122 mm MLRS BM-21 Grad prepare to change position during exercises at a shooting range close to Devichiki in the Kiev region on October 28, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The Ukrainian army has shelled several residential buildings in the self-proclaimed Donetsk region overnight, local officials say.
Eleven homes were severely damaged during the Saturday attacks and power supply was cut in some areas.
There has been no report of civilians casualties.
’s Armed Forces also shelled the positions of pro-Russian forces in the self-proclaimed Lugansk region over the past day.
The report comes a day after the Ukrainian army shelled Donetsk water purification plant, damaging some parts of the complex.
Efforts to demine the area nearby the Donetsk water purification plant were indefinitely suspended on Friday due to incessant shelling by Ukraine’s military.

Ukrainian troops stand on an armored personnel carrier in Avdiivka in the Donetsk region on January 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The conflict in eastern Ukraine began after political a political upheaval in Kiev in 2014, when a Russia-backed president was deposed from power and a pro-Western government took office.
Donetsk and Lugansk, which are mainly Russian-speaking regions, have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence pro-Russia protests there in mid-April 2014. More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far.
Ukraine has consistently blamed Russia for the conflict, saying Moscow provides funds and weapons to the pro-Russian forces in the east.
Moscow has denied the allegations although it says it would not stand still if the ethnic Russian population in eastern Ukraine becomes subject to the Ukrainian government suppression.
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