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Shelling attacks kill 11, injure dozens in Donetsk

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:39AM

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in the past 24 hours as a result of shelling attacks on pro-Russian forces operating in Ukraine's volatile eastern region of Donetsk, local officials say.

Eduard Basurin, the deputy commander of the headquarters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said on Thursday that the towns in the region had been shelled 59 times by Kiev's troops over the past 24 hours.

The shelling assaults claimed the lives of seven people in Donetsk and four others in the eastern city of Gorlovka, according to Basurin. The official further confirmed that 26 civilians had also sustained injuries due to the attacks in the two eastern cities.

In a similar incident on January 22, over a dozen civilians lost their lives after a trolley bus came under a shelling attack in Donetsk.

On September 5, 2014, the representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk inked a ceasefire deal in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The truce has been violated almost daily by both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russia forces operating in eastern Ukraine.

Donetsk and Luhansk, located in eastern Ukraine and having mainly Russian-speaking populations, have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev's military operation started in April 2014 in a bid to crush the protests.

Violence intensified in May 2014 after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

The fighting has left more than 5,000 people killed and over 1.5 million displaced, the United Nations says.

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