Donetsk mayor urges city residents to stay indoors

Donetsk Mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko has asked residents of the city to stay indoors and refrain from traveling to the area near the Donetsk airport and the city's train station.

Donetsk Mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko has asked residents of the city to stay indoors and refrain from traveling to the area near the Donetsk airport and the city's train station.

"The situation in the city remains stable but tense. Armed clashes between Ukrainian Armed Forces units and supporters of the Donetsk People's Republic took place on the territory of Donetsk today. There have been civilian casualties," Lukyanchenko said in an address to Donetsk residents published on his website on Monday evening.

The Donetsk airport is not operating, the mayor said. There have been disruptions to the functioning of the city's train station as well, he added.

"Given the absence of information about the armed sides' plans, I call on residents to demonstrate their stamina and discipline. I ask you to refrain from traveling to the area surrounding the airport and to the railway station district if possible," he said.

Lukyanchenko also asked people to pay special attention to their children's whereabouts. The city's Artemivska and Stratonavtov Streets, as well as Krasnoarmiyisk Highway have been sealed off by police forces and remain closed to traffic, the mayor said.

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