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Amid Russian invasion fears, Ukrainian officials come under shelling attack on front

The officials fled to a bomb shelter before hustling from the area.

Reported by: AP Ukraine Updated on: February 19, 2022 21:17 IST
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Highlights

  • Top Ukrainian military officials came under a shelling attack during a tour of front.
  • Officials fled to a bomb shelter before hustling from the area.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba dismissed the claim as “a fake statement.”

Top Ukrainian military officials came under a shelling attack during a tour of the front of the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The officials fled to a bomb shelter before hustling from the area, according to journalist from The Associated Press who was on the tour.

Earlier Saturday, separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine ordered a full military mobilization Saturday amid a spike of violence in the war-torn region and fears in the West that Russia might use the strife as a pretext for an invasion.

Ukraine and the two regions held by the Russia-backed rebels each accused the other of escalation. Russia on Saturday said at least two shells fired from a government-held part of eastern Ukraine landed across the border.

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba dismissed the claim as “a fake statement.”

Ukraine’s military said shelling killed a soldier early Saturday in the government-held part of the Donetsk region and that separatist forces were placing artillery in residential areas to try and provoke a response.

On Friday, the rebels began evacuating civilians to Russia with an announcement that appeared to be part of their and Moscow’s efforts to paint Ukraine as the aggressor.

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