Ukraine Liveblog Day 187: Convoy Begins To Return To Russia

August 23, 2014
The Novy Mir print works in Donetsk burns after being struck by shells this morning. Photo: @666_mancer

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3 Killed By Shelling In Donetsk

Ukrainska Pravda reports that 3 civilians have been killed by shelling in the separatist-held city of Donetsk. 

According to the Donetsk mayor’s office and the regional branch of the Ukrainian Emergencies Service, several blocks of flats were struck and a school damaged in the Petrovsky district to the west of the city last night. This is the side of the city into which Ukrainian forces are pushing, having retaken the Marinka suburb just to the west.

The Emergencies Service reports that one of their officers received shrapnel wounds as they were leaving the area.

This morning, shells struck the Kirovsky and Kievsky districts. In the Kirovsky district, several residential buildings were damaged, and the Novy Mir (New World) printing works was struck and burnt.

Translation: Burning printing works at 14a Adygeyskаya

1 civilian from the Kirovsky district died from shrapnel wounded after being taken to hospital.

2 civilians were killed by shelling in the Kievsky district while waiting at a bus stop.

First 34 Trucks In Convoy Return To Russia

There are reports today that the first 34 trucks in the Russian aid convoy, which set out into Ukrainian territory yesterday without Kiev’s approval, have returned to Russia.

It should be noted that it was only the first 34 trucks in the convoy that had been cleared by Ukrainian customs officials before Moscow decided to push across the border without waiting for the rest of the convoy to be checked.

Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported meanwhile, that more than 50 trucks had returned to Russia, having delivered their cargo.