One killed, several injured in Ukrainian artillery attack in Donetsk

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One killed, several injured in Ukrainian artillery attack in Donetsk

Several civilians, including children, were injured in the incident, officials said.

A Ukrainian artillery attack on Donetsk has left at least one person dead and several injured, officials in the Donetsk People's Republic DPR said. One of the buildings targeted on Friday was a hospital. TEN people, including children, were injured, DPR Deputy Information Minister Daniil Bezsonov said.

Two neighborhoods in Donetsk were under fire on Friday by Ukrainian forces, according to DPR self-defense forces. The damaged hospital is located in the Kuibyshev district of the city. Images from the scene suggest that at least one rocket made a direct hit through the roof.

The missile started a fire, which was quickly dealt with, according to local emergency services.

Bezsonov released a video showing one of the victims, saying she heard two projectiles landing nearby as she and her child were visiting the hospital. Investigators said that a second rocket landed outside the building and that the debris from the explosion hit a car and injured a man.

The victim said she was with her son when the attack started. She shielded the child with her body, attempting to save him from serious injury, while she was hit by flying debris.

Kiev denies that its forces launch daily artillery attacks on civilian targets in Donetsk. It claims that the shelling is done by the DPR and Russian forces to discredit Ukrainian troops.

The DPR said that the latest attack came from Avdeevka, a satellite city north of Donetsk that has become a Ukrainian stronghold. There has been intense fighting in the area this week, with Ukrainian troops reportedly ceding territory.