At least five people were killed and six injured on Thursday when Ukrainian forces shelled Donetsk, a Ukrainian city held by Russian-backed separatists, officials in the breakaway region said.

Footage on social media showed bodies, some blown apart, lying beside a road in central Donetsk. Blood stained the pavement.

The Donetsk People's Republic said in a statement that 5 people had been killed and 6 injured during shelling of the city's Voroshilovsky district.

Reuters could not immediately verify battlefield reports.

Donetsk city has been controlled by Russian-backed proxies since 2014, but the Ukrainian army continues to hold positions on the city's outskirts. Since the beginning of full-scale war on Feb. 24, Donetsk city has come under artillery fire multiple times. (Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)


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