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Ukraine shells cafe in Russia’s Donetsk (VIDEO)

One person was killed and several injured in the attack on the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic, investigators have said

One person was killed and at least four others wounded in a Ukrainian rocket strike on a restaurant in the Russian city of Donetsk on Saturday, investigators have said.

Similar figures were earlier provided by Yury Burdin, head of the Kirovsky District in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), where the Paradise restaurant is located. The building was almost completely destroyed in the explosion, Burdin told the local media.

The Ukrainian attack took place while the DPR was celebrating the tenth anniversary of the republic’s creation.

The shells landed near the starting point of a motor rally dedicated to the anniversary. Dozens of cars decorated with Russian flags were gathered at a large parking lot for the event.

The rally organizers said the event has been called off due to the threat of further attacks. None of the drivers were injured in the incident, they added.

The republic’s Joint Center for Control and Coordination said earlier that Donetsk was targeted by two projectiles fired from a multiple rocket launcher. According to a report by the Donetsk News Agency, Ukrainian forces used a US-supplied HIMARS system.

On May 11, 2014, a referendum was held in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, in which voters supported independence from Kiev. The ballot took place amid an armed conflict between Ukraine and Donbass, which started after locals in the two regions refused to recognize the results of a Western-backed coup in Kiev in February of that year.

May 11, 2024 at 04:58PM

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