Officials in the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine have accused Ukrainian forces of bombing a school for visually impaired children.
Zenger News obtained a statement from the DPR People’s Militia press service, which stated: “Ukrainian Nazis attacked a school for visually impaired children in Gorlovka.
“Activists of nationalist formations of Ukraine continue to bomb Gorlovka’s infrastructure from the education sector.”
“Today they fired two large caliber projectiles at School No. 31 “Constellation” with inclusive education and with the provision of remedial pre-school education.
“There were eight employees of this institution in the building. Miraculously, no one was injured.
“Multi-storey residential buildings at 130, 132, 136 and 138 Lenin Avenue were also damaged. There were no casualties.
“And 700 meters from where the shells fell, there is the Gorlovskaya No. 2 filtration station, which supplies most of Gorlovka with water.”
In a statement obtained by Zenger News on Thursday, the DPR People’s Militia said: “During the past day, according to information from the [Joint Center for Control and Coordination on ceasefire]the enemy fired over FOUR HUNDRED shells from BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems, 155, 152 and 122 mm cannon artillery, as well as 120 and 60 mm mortars.
“The shells were fired at the neighborhoods of FOURTEEN Republic settlements. As a result of the shelling, ONE civilian was killed and ONE was injured. FORTY-SIX residential buildings, EIGHT civilian infrastructure and ONE vehicle were damaged.
“Additional information on civilian injuries and infrastructure damage is being clarified.
“Documents on the facts of the death and injury of civilians, as well as the destruction of civilian objects will be transferred to the DPR General Prosecutor’s Office for inclusion in criminal cases against the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“During the past day, the joint actions of military personnel of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed the following enemy weapons and military equipment: TWO [Multiple Launch Rocket System] BM-21 ‘Grad’, THREE cargo vehicles and FORTY-SEVEN personnel. THREE enemy firing points in the Avdeevka and Novgorod area have been removed.”
Zenger News has contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment, but has not received a response at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to “liberate Donbass.” Thursday marks the 113th day of the invasion.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.