Ten people have been killed as the city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region was heavily shelled on Saturday morning, Vyacheslav Abroskin, the head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's department for the Donetsk region, said on Facebook.
The shelling was directed at a residential neighborhood in the area of Kievska Street, Olimpiiska Street, and Pershoho Travnya Street, he said.
"Ten people have been killed. The information has yet to be verified," Abroskin said.
He laid the blame for the attack on armed groups opposing the Ukrainian government forces.
The Mariupol city police have been put on alert, and an investigative team from the city police department is working at the scene now, he said.
It was reported earlier that the local civil society group Mariupol's Defense had said the city's eastern outskirts had been fired upon by the militia. "There is no direct threat of the city's seizure or assault," it said on Facebook.
The Azov special police regiment said on its VKontakte account: "9:34 a.m. Mariupol was shelled with Grad (or possibly Uragan) multiple rocket launchers. The engagement area includes residential neighborhoods, a private housing community, and a market in the city's Ordzhonikidzevsky district. A lot of people have been injured."
The press center of the special operation in eastern Ukraine confirmed the reports on the shelling of Mariupol, saying that the militia fired "Grad multiple rocket launchers to shell the eastern outskirt of Mariupol."
"Some residential buildings on Olimpiiska Street have been destroyed, and information on casualties has yet to be verified," the press center said on Facebook.
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