Russia pounds Donetsk province, Ukraine pushes back

UKRAINE: Ukrainian officials reported on Wednesday that 25 people were injured and at least eight civilians were killed in the past 24 hours as a result of Russian bombardment in Ukraine.

According to separatists who support Russia, Ukrainian army attacked and killed four people. According to the Ukrainian presidential office, Russian forces attacked towns and cities in the southeast of the nation, with Donetsk province - where Russia recently intensified its offensive - sustaining the majority of civilian losses.

Gov Pavlo Kyrylenko said two people died in the city of Avdiivka, whichis located in the centre of the province, and the Donetsk cities of Sloviansk, Krasnohorivka and Kurakhove each reported one civilian killed. Kyrylenko urged the province's over 350,000 remaining residents to flee late Tuesday, saying that evacuating Donetsk was necessary to save lives and allow the Ukrainian army to put up a better defence.

Donetsk is part of the Donbas, a mostly Russian-speaking industrial area where Ukraine's most experienced soldiers are concentrated. Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai denied the Russians had completely captured the province. Heavy fighting continued invillages around Lysychansk, he said.

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