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Forest catches fire near Triokhizbenka after shelling

Russian-backed militants on Monday fired Grad multiple rocket launchers on the village of Triokhizbenka, as a result of which a fire broke out in the forest near a tuberculosis dispensary, the press service of Governor of Luhansk Region Hennadiy Moskal said on Tuesday.

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Emergency teams from the nearby districts were mobilized to put out the fire. By morning, the fire had been put out.

According to the report, several Grad rockets launched by the militants from the village of Slovianoserbsk blew up directly on the territory of the village council of Triokhizbenka, some others – behind the residential area.

"One of the shells hit the outbuilding of a five-storey house, where the workers of the tuberculosis dispensary were living. The building was damaged. The blast wave broke windows in one of the entrances to the five-storey building. Fortunately, there were no casualties," the report says.

It is reported that Moskal has already visited the site of the fire.

“There has been hot weather of up to 35 degrees Celsius in Luhansk region for the last days, so the pine forest caught fire immediately after the shelling," Moskal said.

"The ban on the use of Grad rockets does not stop the militants. The fire was close to the hospital. This is the only regional tuberculosis dispensary that remains on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities in Luhansk region. Fortunately, the militant attacks did not affect any medical or administrative building," Moskal said.

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