5 Killed in Donetsk Hospital Shelling

5 Killed in Donetsk Hospital Shelling5 Killed in Donetsk Hospital Shelling

At least five people died when a hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk was shelled Wednesday, a local news agency reports.

“According to initial information, four people died. One of them was standing near the hospital, the three others were queuing for humanitarian assistance that was being distributed outside the hospital,” DPR emergencies minister Alexei Kostrubitsky said.

Local media suggest that one more person died in the hospital building, Sputnik reported.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s ministry of defense said five people had been injured, a local news agency reports.

According to the Donetsk defense ministry, Ukrainian armed forces are shelling from the area near the city of Mariinka.

The city council said in a statement earlier in the day that the Tekstilshchik district of Donetsk had been shelled at noon, and one of the shells landed at a local hospital.

The council added also that power lines had been damaged and the district was without electricity.

Eleven educational facilities have been destroyed in the capital of the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic due to shelling in the area on Wednesday, the city’s administration reported.

The City Hall said six schools and five kindergartens were also destroyed. According to a local news site, the district continued for three hours.