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The refugees were attacked with Grad rockets and other weapons imported from Russia as their convoy travelled on the main road leading from Russia to the rebel held city of Luhansk, Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine National Security Council, told reporters.
The road where Ukraine said Monday attack took place has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent days as Ukrainian forces try to seal off supply routes into Luhansk from Russia. It also the same road that would likely be the route taken by a controversial Russian aid convoy if Ukraine allows it into the country.
The war zone in eastern Ukraine is effectively off limits for journalists and lacks power in many places, limiting citizens from easily providing their own reports. All this makes independent verification impossible.
One house was still smouldering when an AP reporter visited Monday. The rocket hit the yard and set fire to a tree, which in turn set several nearby buildings ablaze. The fire destroyed the cramped, one story home of Nina Saltanova, 79, and her paralyzed 56 year old daughter.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is expected to take responsibility for the Russian convoy when it enters Ukraine, said Monday that it was still waiting for security guarantees from all sides.
than 200 trucks, now parked in a Russian field by the border, have been viewed with suspicion by Ukraine and the West, especially since Ukrainian forces have been winning back significant territory from the rebels in the last few weeks. Ukraine suggests the aid convoy could be used by Russia to send help to the separatists or to delay the government advances with a timely cease fire.
people were killed, among them women and children, Lysenko said of the attack, which occurred between the towns of Khryashchuvate and Novosvitlivka. are not able to count the death toll at this point. asked about a rough estimate of deaths, he said Dmytrashkivsky, a spokesman for the Ukrainian government military operation in the east, later told The Associated Press that 15 bodies had been recovered from the smouldering vehicles and servicemen were collecting the body parts of at least 10 more people.
were hit by artillery fire over the weekend in the Budyonovsky district, which stands next to a rebel encampment.
Russia foreign minister, meanwhile, said in Berlin that he expects the Russian aid mission to enter Ukraine in the near future.
Dozens of civilians killed when convoy shelled
someone was killed, it wasn us but the Ukrainian military, Purgin told the AP.
have nowhere to go. My daughter is disabled, Saltanova said as she tried to salvage scraps of clothing from the charred debris. can walk. Because of her I can go anywhere. have been high over the past week as Russia said it plans to send a massive aid convoy to help those in rebel held eastern Ukraine.
Donetsk rebel chief Alexander Zakharchenko insisted that no such attack had taken place. His deputy, Andrei Purgin, said he had no information about an attack and Nike Kyrie Girls insisted it was not by his forces.
The United States condemned the attack, but said it was unable to confirm who was responsible. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington. sides must take every precaution to protect innocent lives. Nike Zoom Mercurial Flyknit Review
We are unable to confirm reports of who was responsible for the shelling and rocketing. between government troops and pro Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has forced nearly 344,000 people to flee their homes, according to the United Nations, a number that has only grown as the humanitarian situation in rebel held cities deteriorates. Running water and electricity have either been cut off completely in cities like Luhansk or are getting more limited by the day. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 22,000 people fled the main rebel held city of Donetsk last week compared to 6,200 the week before.
Residents of Luhansk have had no running water, electrical power or phone connections for 16 days, and basic food is in short supply, leading to long lines outside shops as fighting continues in and around the city.
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KIEV, Ukraine Ukraine accused pro Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel held city. confirmed the shelling of the convoy but said it did not know who was responsible.
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Asked if she wanted to leave the city, she despaired.
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