Russian strikes kill 2 in eastern Ukraine

Russian strikes kill 2 in eastern Ukraine

KRAMATORSK: Russian strikes killed two people and wounded eight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Saturday, the mayor said, accusing Moscow of using cluster bombs in the attack.

Russia continues to spread terror, according to Oleksandr Goncharenko in a Facebook post. Two people were killed and eight were wounded in the aftermath of a Kramatorsk bombing with cluster bombs, three of which were seriously wounded. AFP journalists heard around 10 explosions go off nearly simultaneously, just before 4 pm local time 1400 GMT, and saw smoke above a park in the southern part of the city.

A woman died from her wounds, they saw.

Another round of explosions was heard within a neighbourhood two kilometres one mile away. A woman taxi driver was seriously wounded, according to AFP journalists.

She came to see me briefly. I told her good-bye, closed the door and a few seconds later, I heard the explosions, said Lena, 46.

I was lucky to be inside with my daughter when all this happened. A UN treaty backed by most Western countries bans the use and transfer of cluster bombs, which spread dozens of tiny explosives, often posing a threat long after a conflict ends.

Russia and Ukraine have not signed the treaty and the United Nations has expressed alarm over Moscow's use of cluster munitions in populated areas since it invaded Ukraine last year.

Kramatorsk was targeted for the second time in a week after the strikes. One person died and three people were wounded in a strike on residential buildings on Tuesday.

Kramatorsk is located in the eastern industrial region of Donetsk, parts of which include its largest city, have been controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists since 2014.

In April 2022 a missile strike killed 60 people at the Kramatorsk train station, one of the deadliest attacks against civilians of the invasion.

Moscow has been trying to capture the entire region after declaring it part of Russia last year.