At least ten dead after an attack by Russian forces on a factory in Donetsk

Two Ukrainian soldiers amid the rubble in the city of Kharkov. – Alex Chan Tsz Yuk / Zuma Press / ContactPhoto

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The Ukrainian authorities have denounced this Tuesday an attack by Russian forces on a coking plant in the Donetsk region that has left at least ten dead and fifteen wounded.

This has been announced by the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kirilenko. The facilities located in the city of Avdiivka are responsible for generating coke and crude gas from coal.

“At least ten dead and fifteen wounded are the consequences of the bombing of the Russian invaders on the Avdiivka coke plant. (…). The number of victims may be higher,” Kirilenko wrote on Telegram.

Kirilenko has assured that the Russian forces knew “exactly” where to aim, since “the workers had just finished their shift and were waiting at the bus stop” to be able to return home after work.

“Another cynical crime of the Russians in our land”, Kirilenko has emphasized, who has trusted that Russia will end up responding “for everything”.

On the other hand, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Irina Vereshchuk, has reported that there are more than 40 soldiers seriously injured in the besieged Azovstal steel plant, reports the Ukrinform agency.

“Now there are more than 40 seriously injured people who need to be rescued. The Ukrainian authorities have appealed to Russia and demand to find a solution and bring us those who are non-combatants and must be transferred to Ukraine under the Geneva Conventions for being seriously injured. “, he has demanded.

This Tuesday dozens of people have arrived in Zaporizhia after being evacuated from the Azovstal plant, after the arrival of those who resisted there was interrupted again on Monday due to the resumption of fighting, which both sides reproach each other for. In total there are 156 Ukrainian citizens who have been able to leave since this weekend, according to kyiv.

The Azovstal plant is one of the last redoubts of the city of Mariupol that Russia has left to conquer, in its attempt to take full control of the east and southeast of Ukraine and thus be able to form a corridor that unites the regions of Donbas and the Crimean peninsula, in turn limiting kyiv’s outlet to the sea.

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