Ukraine Army Accused of Shelling Area, Wounding One

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
January 31, 2022Updated: January 31, 2022

The Ukrainian military shelled the village of Alexandrovka in the rebel-controlled area of the Donetsk region on Saturday, injuring one civilian, according to officials from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

“Our brigade brought a peaceful civilian from the city of Donetsk with a gunshot wound of the left thigh”, trauma surgeon Yuriy Ponomarev told the Associated Press.

Alexandrovka is situated next to the frontline, and people continue to suffer from regular shelling.

Local resident Valentina, who said she was wounded in the leg during tensions in 2015, told the AP that the bombardments come regularly.

Another local resident Svetlana said that civilians were so used to the shelling that they were not afraid anymore.

“They fire upon us every day. There are snipers working, there are flying drones and shells” Svetlana said.

Russia has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine.

Following the 2014 ouster of a Kremlin-friendly president in Kyiv, Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and backed an insurgency in the country’s eastern industrial heartland.

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels has killed over 14,000 people, and efforts to reach a settlement have stalled.

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