Slo­vian­sk may­or says Russ­ian forces ‘mas­sive­ly shelling’ the city

Attacks in Sloviansk claim at least 2 deaths. Russian forces attacked a market and a residential neighborhood, according to the governor of Donetsk, leaving two people dead and seven injured.

What weapons had been used in the assault on the Donetsk area front-line city, or how many people were present at the market when it was hit, were not immediately known.

“The Russians are deliberately targeting public gathering locations once more. Simply put, this is terrorism, Kyrylenko declared on Telegram, pushing the locals to leave.

Police claimed that although the market had closed for the day, some stores were still operating when it was struck.

Oleksandr Bakumenko, a prosecutor who was at the market following the attack and was wearing a vest that stated “war crimes investigator,” told the news agency Reuters, “Together with police we are documenting the shelling of the city.”

The mayor of Slovansk, Vadym Lyakh, said on Facebook that the city had seen intense shelling and advised the populace to take refuge.

“Sloviansk! City is being shelled heavily. the north and the centre. Take cover, everyone,” Lyakh urged on Facebook.

He claimed that on Monday, 40 homes were destroyed by bombardment.

Following Russia’s conquest of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in the neighbouring province of Luhansk, Ukrainian officials have repeatedly urged residents of Sloviansk to flee the area as the front line approaches the city.

Since Sunday, a Russian airstrike has injured 19 people and killed at least six others in the city, which had a pre-war population of about 100,000.

Nearly all of the neighbouring Luhansk area is under Russian control. Sloviansk and the regional administrative hub Kramatorsk, which are still governed by Ukraine, are the next targets for Russian aggression in the eastern Donbass.

In recent days, it has launched several missile salvos towards Sloviansk.

2014 saw a short takeover of Sloviansk by rebels supported by Russia.

Tuesday marked the eight-year mark since Ukraine retook Sloviansk from forces loyal to the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic.

A missile struck a residential neighbourhood on the other side of the city on Tuesday afternoon, damaging numerous homes while firefighters battled a blazing home.

Rescuers said that after the rocket impacted, at least two persons were brought to the hospital.

Russian forces are concentrating their efforts on the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, firing artillery throughout the whole front line, according to military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk during a briefing.

He claimed that the Ukrainian army was attempting to thwart Russia’s plans to attack Sloviansk.

Since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia has denied carrying out assaults on civilians. Inaccurate Soviet-era missiles, according to Ukraine, have been used by Russia to attack military targets and vital infrastructure, killing numerous people in the process.

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