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30 civilians killed, orphanage destroyed as Kiev forces hit town near Donetsk – local militia

Published time: July 12, 2014 11:06
Edited time: July 13, 2014 03:49

Dead body of a man in Maryinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, killed in his own apartment as the town was shelled by pro-Kiev forces. July 12, 2014. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

30 civilians have been killed in overnight shelling on Maryinka, a town near Donetsk, in southeastern Ukraine, by pro-Kiev military forces, according to estimates by self-defense forces.

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30 civilians died as a result of the Ukrainian army’s shelling of Maryinka. Rubble cleanup is under way,” says the Twitter of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Self-defense commander, Igor Strelkov, confirmed 30 casualties among the civilian population.

None of the buildings used by self-defense has been damaged. None of us have been killed or injured. The civilians bore the brunt of the attacks,” he told journalists.

Earlier a RIA Novosti correspondent on the ground reported 4 civilian casualties in the overnight shelling of Maryinka, a town of 10,000 residents, where self-defense forces are currently stationed. The same source said the town was shelled again on Saturday.

Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Purgin, of the self proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said, that overnight “the town was shelled from two flanks: by heavy-caliber weapons from the Mariupol direction and by Grad and Uragan rocket launchers and mortars from near the village of Kurakhovo,” Itar-Tass reported.

Missiles have hit apartment blocks. This footage by RT's Ruptly video agency shows damage done to one of the neighborhoods in Maryinka. It features a completely demolished section of the fifth floor of one of the houses.

Video: /files/news/2a/10/00/00/1822740_ukraine_480p.mp4

There are 2 bodies over here - and 1 more over there. In total, they say, 6 people have been killed,” Maryinka resident, Igor, earlier told Ruptly video agency.

Among other town buildings hit in the attack are a cattle feed plant, a milk factory, a former tire plant and water purification station. The town has been left without water.

There’s also as yet unconfirmed reports of a destroyed orphanage.

As a result of Maryinka being shelled, an orphanage was destroyed,” says Twitter of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic. “We are checking if there are casualties.”

Self-defense forces have also reported an airstrike by the pro-Kiev military forces on another town in the Donetsk region: Gorlovka.

There has been a series of powerful blasts. We’re trying to find out the details,” the leader of the information center “South-Eastern Front”, Konstantin Knyrik told Interfax. He also claims the self-defense forces downed a Ukrainian military jet in response to the attack.

Meanwhile, four Ukrainian shells exploded in Russia’s Kuybyshevsky district of Rostov region, 300 meters from the border with Ukraine, Itar-Tass quoted border guard service representative Vasiliy Malaev as saying. The explosive devices came from Ukraine and caused no injuries, Malaev stated.

On Friday, several towns were shelled by Kiev’s troops, with residential areas getting under fire.

In one of the attacks, the Ukrainian air force fired rockets at the town of Dzerzhinsk in the Donetsk region and destroyed a cemetery, transformer vault and a gas pipeline.

478 civilians, including seven children, have been killed since Kiev launched a military crackdown on the eastern regions of Ukraine, Lugansk and Donetsk, which proclaimed their independence in May, the country’s deputy health minister said on Thursday.

Comments (87)

 

BNTO 13.07.2014 17:06

New fascist government in Kiev is the most stupid one that ever existed...they are willing to go to war against Russia..the outcome can be only defeat..but my point is..do they think about their economy at all..Russia can afford to drag this war for ever..however, ukraine is a failed state anyway..imagine after years of conflict ..they will be the poorest country on earth.

 

Azri'el Collier 13.07.2014 15:19

Johnny Blaze 13.07.2014 13:03

Very sad. One of the places next to hospitals and schools which should NEVER EVER BE TARGETED!

  


Exactly. Very true and right on! But as the nazis did not care in WWII, why should they care now??

 

Azri'el Collier 13.07.2014 15:18

What the self defense forces need to do is to form at least two command units, work then around the nazi army, and then penetrate deep into western ukraine and do NOT retaliate by attacking civilians but attack and destroy western ukraine infrastructure. Power plants, water stations, factories, military bases, munitions plants and storage facilities, and their gas pipelines and storage facilities. This would force the army units to turn back from their offensive and make the people of western ukraine rethink their junta government. And since nato is supplying ukrainian army with weapons, so should russia supply rebels

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