Ukrainian army rejects allegations of attack on civilians

Ukrainian army rejects allegations of attack on civilians

The Ukrainian army has denied responsibility for the death of a 5-year-old child in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.

The armed forces never use their weapons against civilians or civilian objects, a press spokesman said in response to a question from dpa, on Sunday.

On Saturday, pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region blamed government forces for the death of a 5-year-old boy, when an explosive was dropped by a drone, killing the child and seriously injuring his over 60-year-old grandmother.

The village of Oleksandrivsk is located about 14 kilometers from the front line. Heavy fighting took place in the area in 2015.

Insurgents have controlled parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions along the Russian border for almost seven years, with the UN saying that more than 13,000 people had been killed in the regions since then.

In spite of an agreed ceasefire, at least 21 soldiers have been killed on the government side since the beginning of 2021, while the separatists say about 23 people have been killed in the same period.

Meanwhile, a peace plan agreed in 2015 is on ice. (dpa/NAN)

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