Casualty figures from a Russian rocket attack on Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast, have risen to six dead and 19 wounded, head of Donetsk regional administration Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a Telegram post on July 3.
At least 40 buildings in the city were damaged by the Russian rocket barrage, he said.
“Slovyansk suffered a massive daytime attack: six people died, including a child, and a further 19 were wounded,” Kyrylenko reported.
“Forty houses were damaged; a full damage report is still being compiled.”
The attack was carried out with multiple-launch rocket systems, which are supposed to be used against concentrations of troops, and not civilian targets. It was the heaviest Russian blow at Slovyansk in recent times. Because of the indiscriminate nature of such weapons, such attacks on civilians by the Russians could be considered war crimes.
The nearby city of Kramatorsk also was hit by a Russian rocket barrage. There were no casualties, but a hotel in the city was destroyed.