Kiev's artillery attacked the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, eyewitnesses and militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) reported. One civilian was reportedly killed and four injured.
"Several buildings are burning in the city, some people have been injured, there are a lot of ambulances in the streets,” militia representatives told Itar-Tass news agency, adding that locals rushed to bomb shelters. Witnesses say the battery factory was hit, which is close to a bus terminal.
Grad rocket launchers may have been used in the attack, the sources from the Lugansk People’s Republic said.
Ukrainian forces confirmed the shelling of the areas near the Lugansk railway and bus stations on Sunday afternoon, but blamed it on the opposing self-defense forces.
A RIA-Novosti journalist also reported the sound of artillery and gunfire in Lugansk on Sunday.
Ukrainian forces hit a building in the city center and "huge black smoke" was seen in the area, an eyewitness from Lugansk told RT via Skype. He added that a warehouse was burning.
"I can often hear explosions or shooting. I can hear it every five to ten minutes," said the man, who is currently in the eastern part of Lugansk.
Several explosions were reportedly heard in the Lugansk airport area, and the movement of military equipment was observed in the town of Schastie, near Lugansk.
The previous night mortar shelling took place near the Lugansk airport, but there are no further reports of casualties so far.
On Saturday, the health minister of the Lugansk People’s Republic said at least 80 people had been treated in Lugansk hospitals after a day of bombing and gunfire from Ukrainian forces. He said 56 of the injured were civilians.
On Sunday in Lugansk city center, people were collecting signatures for an appeal to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Locals want to ask the UN to stop Kiev's aggression towards civilians, they said.
Meanwhile, Kiev said it would not bombard armed groups in Lugansk and Donetsk from the air. "The tactics of the Ukrainian Army, the National Guard and the Border Service are such that massive bombardment of residential areas is excluded," Andrey Lysenko, spokesman of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council said on Sunday. He added that special forces would also be operating in cities.