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Ukrainian strikes on Stakhanov destroyed several pieces of civilian infrastructure, local ministry claimed

Shelling by the Ukrainian military of the city of Stakhanov in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) on Thursday resulted in 22 people killed, the Emergencies Ministry of the LPR has claimed.

According to its statement, the attack on Stakhanov, a regional industrial center, was from the Uragan multiple launch rocket system. Initially, 15 casualties were reported.

As a result of the shelling of the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic, 22 people were killed, 4 people were injured, residential facilities at 9 addresses and 6 infrastructure facilities in Stakhanov were damaged and destroyed,” the authorities said.

Media earlier reported that a hospital, stadium, hostel and some residential buildings were damaged by the shelling. In total, almost 20 shells were fired.

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On Thursday, LNR’s head Leonid Pasechnik, commenting on the shelling of Stakhanov, compared the Ukrainian Armed Forces with the “German Nazis in 1941.” He claimed that “the nationalists knew for sure that they were attacking civilians and infrastructure.”

It is not long to wait for the tribunal of Ukrainian criminals. Soon all the guilty will pay the price for every destroyed house, for every dead and wounded civilian of the republic!” Pasechnik pledged.

Kiev has not commented on the accusations of shelling.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in late February, Moscow and Kiev have repeatedly accused each other of various war crimes.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

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