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    UNICEF Deplores Deaths of Schoolchildren in Donetsk Shelling

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    The United Nations Children's Fund deplores the death of two children who were killed in shelling of a sports school in Donetsk.

    GENEVA, November 7 (RIA Novosti) — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed its deep dissatisfaction with the shelling of a school in Donetsk, which killed two children, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said Friday.

    "I would like to say that UNICEF is outraged by the news that more children were killed and injured during fighting in eastern Ukraine," Boulierac said at a briefing.

    Two students were killed and four sustained injuries of varying severity on Wednesday as a projectile hit a sports school in Donetsk. Two of the students remain in intensive care. A man living nearby was also hospitalized with severe injuries.

    According to the Russian Investigative Committee, Ukrainian forces carried out shelling of the school on the command of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense and the National Guard. Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal case over the incident.

    Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has also launched a criminal case, blaming the Donetsk militia for carrying out the attack.

    The crisis in Ukraine's eastern regions escalated when Kiev authorities launched a military operation against Donbas independence supporters in mid-April.

    The conflicting sides reached a ceasefire agreement at a September 5 meeting of the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk. However, both sides have subsequently accused each other of violating the truce.


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