Artillery round hits Donetsk school, 2 killed

An artillery round fired from the area controlled by Ukrainian security forces has hit a school in Donetsk, killing at least two people, Ihor Kostenok, the education minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), told journalists on Wednesday.

An artillery round fired from the area controlled by Ukrainian security forces has hit a school in Donetsk, killing at least two people, Ihor Kostenok, the education minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), told journalists on Wednesday.

"A projectile hit a Donetsk school several hours ago. Two local residents were killed and three others wounded. These are not students or teachers - just local residents who were nearby at the time," Kostenok said.

It was reported earlier that the academic year started in the DPR on Wednesday. Kostenok said 146 out of 150 local schools have started their work.

Meanwhile, the Donetsk city council reported that an artillery shell fell about five meters from school No. 57 in the Kyivsky district of Donetsk, injuring six adults.

About 70 schoolchildren were inside the school building at the time of the incident and were rushed to a shelter in the building's basement, the city council said. The shockwave damaged some windows and doors in the school.

"Preliminary reports say no school students were injured. Six adults sustained injuries of varying degrees and have been taken to medical institutions. The children are still in the shelter, as the shelling of the Kyivsky district is continuing," it said.

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