Two children killed in eastern Ukraine: regional authorities

4th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

Two children were killed and five were injured in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine when they tried to move an unexploded shell, regional authorities said Saturday.

The incident late Friday occurred in Zugres, a town about 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Donetsk, the largest city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

"Seven schoolchildren found an unexploded shell. When they tried to relocate it it exploded. As a result two children died on the spot. Five more were injured and hospitalised," said a statement on the website of pro-Kiev Donetsk region administration.

Zugres lies in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, where separatists have proclaimed independence and where fighting between rebel forces and Kiev's army has killed nearly 3,300 people since April.

© 2014 AFP

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