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A maternity hospital affected by Ukrainian bombings – DPR

kyiv forces attacked civilian areas across Donetsk with heavy artillery, local officials say

A maternity hospital was damaged by massive artillery fire on the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) by Ukrainian troops on Monday, local sources reported. The facade of the hospital was hit, the windows of the building were shattered, as images from the scene show.

Patients and hospital staff were evacuated and therefore were not injured in the shelling, the DPR Health Ministry said.

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Ukrainian forces have subjected residential areas of Donetsk – as well as other places in the DPR – to rocket and conventional artillery fire over the past few days. Monday’s shelling proved particularly violent, with local authorities and correspondents on the ground reporting dozens of hits across the city.

Ukrainian forces reportedly used various weapons to target the city, including Uragan and Grad multiple rocket launchers, as well as 155mm NATO caliber artillery pieces, recently supplied by the West to bolster kyiv’s firepower in its fight against Russia.

The massive shelling left at least 4 people dead, including a child, and 22 others injured, local authorities said. Ukraine has yet to officially comment on the latest attack.

Russia sent troops to the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and eventual recognition by Moscow of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.


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