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Russian attacks kill 2 people in Donetsk Oblast over past 24 hours

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 5, 2023 10:09 AM 1 min read
A damaged house in Donetsk Oblast after Russian attacks on May 4, 2023. (Photo: Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko/Telegram)
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Two people were killed and five were injured by Russian attacks in Donetsk Oblast over the past 24 hours, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported on May 5.

According to Kyrylenko, one person was killed and three were injured in the village of New York.

In Bakhmut, which has been the epicenter of fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces for the past nine months, another person was killed.

Two other people were injured in the city of Toretsk and the village of Mykolaivka, respectively.

A total of 1,491 people have been officially reported killed and 3,474 more injured in Donetsk Oblast since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, Kyrylenko wrote.

However, the actual numbers could be significantly higher as they do not include casualty rates in occupied Volnovakha and Mariupol, which are currently impossible to calculate.

One night in Bakhmut: Civilians wait for the end as Russia draws closer
Editor’s Note: This piece tells the story of the lives of civilians and first responders in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, directly through the personal experience of a Kyiv Independent reporter who stayed overnight in the embattled city in January, traveling together with a colleague from Moldova. BAKHM…
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