Interfax: Donetsk People’s Republic says Horlivka came under fire

MOSCOW. Aug 13 (Interfax) – The Ukrainian Armed Forces have fired heavy weapons against the town of Horlivka, the Donetsk news agency reported on Thursday, citing the information and analytical department of the town’s administration.

“The shelling began at 10:30 p.m. Some heavy [weapons] were fired. Shells dropped near the village of Oksenivka,” it said.

According to the local authorities, the strikes were conducted from the direction of Dzerzhynsk and Mayorsk.

One civilian has been killed and another three have been injured as a result of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ shelling of Donetsk in the past 24 hours, the press service of the city administration said.

“In the evening of August 12 and in the night of August 13, the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched heavy strikes against the village of Oktyabrsky in the Kuibyshevsky district, the village of Staromykhailivka in the Kirovsky district and Gorky village in the Kyivsky district,” the press service said.

The shelling destroyed more than ten buildings in Donetsk, one house in the village of Staromykhailivka and one house in the Kyivsky district, it said.

The Ukrainian police, for their part, have reported that two civilians were injured when militia forces opened fire on Dzerzhynsk.

The militia shelled Dzerzhynsk and its outskirts at around midnight, injuring a 79-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, the Donetsk region’s police said.

For its part, the press center of the Ukrainian army operation in Donbas reported on its Facebook page on Thursday morning that on Wednesday militia forces had violated the ceasefire on 152 occasions, including 102 times in the Donetsk region. The militia attacked the Ukrainian army’s positions near Peski seven times and fired artillery weapons against Avdiyivka and the village of Opytne.

According to the press center, militia forces used artillery weapons against Ukrainian military checkpoints in the villages of Lebedynske, Starohnativka, Talakovla and Pavlopil near the city of Mariupol starting from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The press center also accused the militia of opening fire on the Ukrainian army’s positions near the village of Kirove near the town of Artemivsk at around midnight.