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Shelling by Kiev army kills over 160 in east Ukraine: Donetsk

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:25AM

More than 160 people have been killed in shelling attacks by Kiev's forces in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine over the past six months, pro-Russian officials say.

According to Donetsk news agency, the mayoral office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said on Friday that the shelling by Ukrainian forces in the city of Horlivka claimed the lives of 164 people, including 16 children.

About 500 others, including 42 children, were also injured during the time period.

The mayoral office added that about 2,000 buildings in the city were damaged as a result of shelling, with more than 530 of them being residential.

Recent shelling in the northern and northwestern suburbs of Horlivka has also led to water shortages and power cuts in parts of the city, according to the report.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian forces shelled Horlivka with tanks and artillery, the DPR said.

The fresh wave of violence comes despite a truce deal signed between Kiev and pro-Moscow forces in Minsk, Belarus, in February. Since then, both sides have traded accusations of breaking the ceasefire.

Earlier this month, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which monitors the truce in Ukraine's restive east, reported the growing deployment of heavy arms by Kiev's troops in conflict zones in violation of the peace deal, known as Minsk II.

The two mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have been witnessing clashes between pro-Russians and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched its military operation to end pro-Russia protests in April 2014.

According to the United Nations, nearly 7,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine so far.



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