February 22, 2024

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Ukraine War: At least 13 killed in bombing of a market in Russian-occupied Ukraine

Ukraine War: At least 13 killed in bombing of a market in Russian-occupied Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 13 people were killed Sunday in a bombing on a market on the outskirts of the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk in Ukraine, local officials said Sunday.

Denis Pushilin, head of the Russian authorities in Donetsk, said that 10 other people were injured in the attack on the suburb of Tekstilchik. He said that the shells were fired by the Ukrainian army.

Kiev did not comment on the event and the allegations could not be independently verified by The Associated Press.

Pushilin said emergency services continue to work at the scene.

Also on Sunday, a fire broke out at a chemical transport terminal in the Russian port of Ust-Luga after two explosions, regional officials said. Local media reported that the port was attacked by Ukrainian drones, which led to a gas tank explosion.

The fire occurred at a site operated by Novatek, Russia's second-largest natural gas producer, 165 kilometers southwest of St. Petersburg.

The head of the port in the Russian region of Kingisip, Yuri Zabalatsky, said in a statement that there were no casualties, but the region was placed on high alert.

News outlet Fontanka reported that two drones were discovered flying toward St. Petersburg on Sunday morning, but were redirected toward the Kengesib area. The Associated Press was unable to independently verify the reports.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not report any drone activity in the Kengesib area in its daily briefing. She added that four Ukrainian drones were shot down in the Russian Smolensk region, and two other drones were shot down in the Oryol and Tula regions.

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Russian officials had previously confirmed that a Ukrainian drone was shot down on the outskirts of St. Petersburg on Thursday.

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