DONETSK, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Four civilians lost their lives and nine sustained injuries on Saturday as a result of shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, local authorities said Sunday.
“As a result of military action on October 18 in Donetsk, four civilians were killed and nine sustained shrapnel injuries of varying severity,” the Donetsk city council said in a statement.
“Starting 13:40 (10:30 GMT) on October 18 and until 3:00 (00:00 GMT) on October 19 shelling was carried out in the city.”
The areas most affected by the fighting were the Petrovsky, Kirov, Kuibyshev and Kievsky districts, where several houses were destroyed. Fighting continued on Saturday morning, according to the city council.
Meanwhile, deputy commander of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) militia Eduard Basurin told RIA Novosti that fighting continues near the Donetsk airport, the village of Nikishino and the city of Dokuchaievsk.
“The shelling is very intense. Five militiamen have been killed, 30 sustained injuries,” Basurin said.
In mid-April, Kiev launched a military operation against independence supporters in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Some 3,700 people have been killed and over 9,000 have sustained injuries since the beginning of the armed conflict, according to the latest UN estimates.
On September 5, the sides agreed to a ceasefire at a meeting in Minsk of the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine. On September 19, the Contact Group met again to agree on more details regarding the implementation of the ceasefire. However, both sides have subsequently accused each other of violating the truce.