Militants shell Avdiyivka outskirts with incendiary mines, civilian woman killed
The pro-Russian militants started using incendiary mines while shelling the industrial and suburban areas at the outskirts of Avdiyivka in Donetsk region, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.
"Smoke is tight over the area around the industrial zone of Avdiyivka. Suburban summer houses are on fire as well as gardens and grass. Pro-Russian illegal armed groups continue to fire on positions of Ukrainian troops in the area, but now with the special, incendiary, mines," reads the statement.
The ATO Headquarters noted that by using such mines, the militants are deliberately and cynically destroying property of civilians.
"They also want to cause outrage among local residents, trying to present this as the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But these are provocations of mercenaries, because the real miners would not have burned the property of their fellow citizens.. In the day time, people see well: who is shelling the city and from what directions," the message says.
In turn, Head of the Main Police Department in Donetsk region Vyacheslav Abroskin wrote on Facebook that civilian woman was killed in a militant shelling of Avdiyivka.
Read alsoLuhansk authorities close only working checkpoint due to militant fire"A couple of hours ago, the militants hot Avdiyivka with artillery, killing a woman, born 1945. She was out in her garden on her property on 15 Kuibyshev Street," he wrote.
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