Five people killed in Ukraine’s missile attacks on Donetsk, Russia’s border regions

  • 12 May, 08:51

Five people were killed and nine others were injured as Ukraine launched three separate attacks on the country’s eastern Donetsk region and Russia’s Belgorod and Kursk region on Saturday. The attacks involved the use of HIMARS missile launcher systems.

Three civilians were killed and eight more injured when a Ukrainian missile struck a restaurant in Donetsk city, Donetsk region’s Russian-installed head Denis Pushilin said in a statement posted on Telegram messaging app. The governor of Russia’s border Belgorod region stated on Telegram that one man had been killed and another injured after a Ukrainian drone hit a parked truck in the border village of Novostroyevka-Pervaya.

Yet another Ukrainian attack late on Friday, killed three people and injured eight others in Ukraine's occupied Luhansk region, the region’s Russia-installed governor said. The missile attack caused a large fire at an oil storage depot in Luhansk. It was the second such assault in three days. On Wednesday, an attack on an oil depot in the town of Luhansk injured five people. There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian officials.

Donetsk and Luhansk are part of Ukraine’s eastern industrial Donbas region. Donetsk has been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014 and has come under frequent Ukrainian shelling since the start of Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Kyiv's troops were forced from its outskirts earlier this year. Russian forces control most, but not all, of Luhansk region, one of four regions annexed by Russia in 2022 after launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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