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Militants shell humanitarian aid centres in Avdiyivka

Two people were killed, one succumbed to wounds in intensive care.

Militants shell humanitarian aid centres in Avdiyivka

The Russian occupation forces have opened aimed fire on the warm-up and aid distribution centres in Avdiyivka, the head of the Donetsk military and civil administration, Pavlo Zhebrivskyy, reported in the early hours of 3 February.

"The crazy Russists have just hard-shelled Avdiyivka. The shelling was aimed at the centres for the distribution of humanitarian aid to the population. They shelled the stadium in the city centre next to the tent city with warm-up facilities. They shelled school No 2 where humanitarian aid is distributed. According to preliminary reports, one person was killed and one wounded by shelling. The shelling continues," Zhebrivskyy said on Facebook.

An injured woman found near school No 2 was taken to hospital but later succumbed to wounds.

"This is the second person killed in Avdiyivka over the last hour," stated Zhebrivskyy. He also said that a foreign photojournalist was wounded by shelling.

A direct hit into a private house destroyed its central heating and gas pipeline. Fortunately, there were no casualties. One shell hit a rescue vehicle of the emergency service.

Updated. "A senior emergency service officer, Lt-Col Dmytro Treteykin, was wounded in his stomach. His driver Serhiy Horban, unfortunately, died," the head of the emergency service, Mykola Chechotkin, said on Facebook.

In the meantime, the militants have stepped up attacks on Maryinka and Krasnohorivka.

"[Militants are] using heavy weapons, people are in shelters. A casualty report is pending," a local official reported.

Updated 00:56. Dmytro Treteykin, who was wounded during a shelling attack on Avdiyivka, died in intensive care.

A deputy head of the military and civil administration in Donetsk Region, Oleksandr Lebed, said the shelling continued in Avdiyivka.

"Since the escalation of the conflict on 29 January, 52 houses in the city have been destroyed by shelling, almost half of that number on 2 February. Residents avoid crowding at warm-up stations because the enemy is shelling them on purpose," he told Hromadske TV.