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Ukraine: Civilians killed in shelling amid fragile truce

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By Euronews
Ukraine: Civilians killed in shelling amid fragile truce

<p>Four civilians are reported dead as Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists accused each other of shelling residential areas near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.</p> <p>A Ukrainian soldier was also killed in the violence at Dzerzhynsk, north of the regional hub, and Horlivka, 7.5 km away.</p> <p>People were fixing broken windows in Horlivka as members of the <span class="caps">OSCE</span> monitoring mission arrived to inspect the site.</p> <p>The bloodshed marks the latest deadly episode since the Minsk ceasefire agreement was signed in February.</p> <p>“They were shelling in the evening and just before four o’clock in the morning. Five shells hit here,” said local woman Lyudmila Andreyeva, holding her three-year-old granddaughter in her arms.</p> <p>“We did not even have time to put on our dressing gowns. I took the child, with the mattress, and put them in the bath.”</p> <p>Fellow Horlivka resident Svetlana Kurdyukova said that one of the fragments killed her 64-year-old friend Nikolai.</p> <p>An elderly, female relative had a narrow escape, with a hole from the shelling visible in the headboard of her bed.</p> <p>“Whistle and blast, whistle and blast. Five shells hit here,” Svetlana said. </p> <p>“One fell in the yard next to the pavilion. You must have seen that all the windows got shattered on this side of the building. It flew over granny’s head.”</p> <p>More than 6,500 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine in April last year.</p>