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Shells killed ten in east Ukraine
01 Oct 2014 12:12
At least ten people have been killed after shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
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There were no children among those killed in the shelling at School No 57 on the first day of the new school year, though witnesses said the dead included a biology teacher and the parent of a child at the school.
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Reuters correspondents saw the bodies of three adults at the school and an additional six bodies in a burnt-out mini-van and on streets nearby.
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The regional administration said a total of ten people had been killed in the shelling in the city, a stronghold of Russian-backed rebels waging a separatist rebellion against the pro-Western government in Kiev.
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Nine other people were wounded, seven of whom were taken to hospital for treatment, it said in a statement.
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City authorities blamed the shelling on the rebels and the separatists blamed it on government forces. It interrupted a fragile ceasefire in a conflict in which about 3,500 people have been killed, according to United Nations figures.
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said last week there were clear signs that the ceasefire, the cornerstone of his peace plan to end six months of conflict, was working.
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But it has since begun to fray with the deaths on Monday and Tuesday of nine Ukrainian servicemen in clashes with separatists.
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