Central Donetsk gripped by mortar fire: AFP

20th August 2014, Comments 0 comments

Mortar fire pounded the centre of east Ukraine's main rebel stronghold of Donetsk Wednesday close to the stadium of leading football team Shakhtar, AFP journalists at the scene said.

One man was lightly injured by the blasts which caused heavy damage in an area around 500 metres (yards) from the city's main stadium, a massive ultramodern venue that hosted matches during the 2012 Euro championships.

At least a dozen explosions rocked the area in Donetsk, a city practically surrounded by Ukrainian troops but still under the control of pro-Russian rebels.

Shakhtar Donetsk team, current champions of Ukraine, have left the city due to the conflict and now play in the western city of Lviv, and the glitzy venue has sat empty for months.

It was not clear who was responsible for the mortar attack, which hit several apartment buildings and shops, exploding windows and smashing through trees.

A witness told AFP that one of his relatives has seen pro-Russian separatists firing from near a military electronics factory close to the affected area. Other witnesses said the shells seemed to be coming from Ukraine-controlled territory.

© 2014 AFP

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