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Shelling of Donetsk, Russia
Part of Spillover of the "War in Donbass
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Location of Rostov Oblast in Russia
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Location of Donetsk in Rostov Oblast
Location "Donetsk, "Rostov Oblast, "Russia
Weapons Shelling
Deaths 1 civilian
Non-fatal injuries
2 injured

On 13 July 2014, mortar shells fired from Ukrainian territory landed in the courtyard of a private home in the border town of "Donetsk in the "Rostov Oblast of "Russia.[1] The shelling killed one civilian and injured two others.[2]



"Pro-Russian protests began in the neighboring "Donetsk and "Lugansk regions of Ukraine in February 2014 and eventually escalated into an "anti-government armed insurgency by April. The Ukrainian government launched counterattacks, and by July 2014, had retaken significant territory from the anti-government rebels.[3][4]

On Friday, 11 July, two days before the shelling, the "Ukrainian Armed Forces "lost 23 of its servicemen when they were killed by "Grad missiles launched by anti-government rebels.[1] In response, Ukrainian President "Petro Poroshenko announced to his constituents that "(for) every soldier's life, the militants will pay with dozens and hundreds of their own."[1]


Up to six mortar shells exploded on Sunday, 13 July, in "Donetsk, a town of 50,000 that shares the same name as the "much larger Ukrainian city and is just 1 km away from the Ukraine-Russia border. The mortar shells landed in a courtyard of a private home, killing a 46-year-old man, while injuring two others.[2][5]

According to local officials, the shells were fired from Ukrainian territory.[6] Russian officials also stated that least seven shells were fired into the Rostov Oblast.[7] Russian officials say the border towns near Ukraine, which Ukraine claims are being used by rebels, had been hit in the past by Ukrainian fire.[8] A local government official said that the shelling happened around 9:20 AM.[9]

According to the daughter of the man who was killed in the shelling, she "woke up in the middle of the night" (thus contradicting the earlier report of attack happening at 9:20 AM) and heard her younger brother scream, then she ran out of the house, and heard her father scream. After that, she and her brother went to the porch and found her father, who was killed, missing an arm.[10]

Ukraine denied responsibility for the shelling, claiming it was a false flag attack by pro-Russian militants. The Ukrainian National Guard said it was never deployed in the region in which the shelling occurred.[7]


The incident increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine, with Russia vowing a "response". Russia said it would be considering "surgical strikes" that target Ukrainian military positions near the border, but there would not be a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.[11]

Russia has asked military attaches from eighteen countries including the four other "permanent members of the "UN Security Council – China, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States – to visit the scene of the shelling.[12]

Military attaches from eleven member-states of the "Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and foreign journalists have inspected the areas that came under fire from Ukraine's territory. Germany's military attache, Brigadier General Reiner Schwalb stated "Russia does not conceal the events. Our task is to understand the situation,".[13]



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  2. ^ a b c d "Moscow 'considering targeted strikes' on Ukraine: report". The Deccan Chronicle. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  3. ^ Cullison, Alan (6 July 2014). "Ukrainian Government Troops Target Further Gains in East". The Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ "Pro-Russia rebels and commander flee Slavyansk". The Guardian Nigeria. 6 July 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Russia vows "tough response" to Ukraine's military border shelling". ITAR-TASS. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Ukraine denies shelling Russia's Donetsk, says 'army not deployed there'". Voice of Russia. 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Lovetsky, Dmitry (13 July 2014). "Russia Says Shelling Kills 1 in Donetsk Near Border With Ukraine". The Ledger. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Shell from Ukraine hits Russian border town, 1 killed: Report". The Times of India. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "'Father was lying on the porch with his arm blown off' – eyewitness to Ukraine's shelling". RT. 14 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Russia Considering 'Surgical Strike' on Ukraine - Report". RIA NOVOSTI. 14 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Russia asks envoys to visit town it says was hit by Ukraine shelling". The Globe and Mail. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  13. ^ "OSCE military attaches inspect Russia's Donetsk". ITAR-TASS News Agency. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  14. ^ "Kremlin not planning to bomb Ukraine - Peskov". Ukrinform. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  15. ^ "Russian lawmaker calls for airstrikes on Ukraine". Portland Press Herald. 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Russia warns Ukraine after shell crosses border". Reuters. 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 

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