Kiev army launched attack on Gorlovka, eastern Ukraine.
An early morning Grad rocket attack of Ukrainian troops in Gorlovka, a city near Donetsk, has killed at least 16 civilians (30 according with local journalists) with some media suggesting the death toll could be higher.
The two volleys fired by multiple rocket launchers have damaged several residential buildings in the city center and in the nearby village of Korolenko.
Local witnesses report that in the residential area there were no militiamen.
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Kiev’s NATO-puppets army is contuining attacking anti-govt forces in Novorussia, East of Ukraine. Urban areas are being caught in its deadly fire.
A 1-year old – killed next to her parents – and a 5-year old are among the dead, according to information published by the Donetsk regional administration.
Several local journalists on the ground have reported that as many as 30 have been killed, as fighting continues.
“One of the mortars hit the top floor of a popular supermarket that had customers inside. Another hit exploded in a courtyard outside an apartment block, and another next to a maternity hospital. We still don’t know how many are dead – there are ambulances everywhere,” local resident Sergey, who did not want to give his surname for fear of reprisals.
Hundreds of houses have been left without electricity and water, after infrastructure lines were hit, but the streets of the city have become deserted as civilians cower in their flats.
“Food supplies are increasingly scarce in the city. In the past few days, black market traders seem to have appeared out of nowhere,” wrote local blogger Egor Voronov.
Officials from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic say the government is using powerful but imprecise Grad missiles in densely populated areas.
Kiev’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters have made a counter-accusation, claiming anti-government forces are responsible for the “bloody acts of terrorism.”
“The criminals are firing indiscriminately upon civilians to recruit more fighters to their cause, and to discredit the Ukrainian government,” officials said on the ATO Facebook page.
ATO officials continued the message by saying that clashes are ongoing in the rural areas around Gorlovka, and claimed that all escape routes from the city have now been cut off.
‘Human Rights Watch’ said that the Ukrainian army may have committed a war crime when it kill 16 civilians with unguided grad missiles.
The group says that the grad systems are just too inaccurate to be used on populated areas. One of the authors of the report said the Kiev military should be held accountable for ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ for the killing of civilians in the East of Ukraine.
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised that the Ukrainian army – which had been under-equipped and under-trained at the start of the conflict – has now reached battle capacity, and promised that “new tactics” have been adopted that will allow “large-scale civilian losses” to be avoided.
While comprehensive data on casualties during the conflict has been hard to obtain, the Russia-based IGCP monitoring group has concluded on the basis of collated OSCE and ATO data that over 1,100 Ukrainians have died in the conflict since the toppling of Viktor Yanukovich in February.