According to its Russian-backed Mayor, Alexei Kulemzin, thirteen people have been killed and others wounded in a series of explosions in the separatist-run city of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine.
Alexei Kulemzin blamed “punitive” Ukrainian shellfire for the deaths.
There is no comment from Ukrainian officials.
Donetsk has been controlled by Russia’s proxy authorities since 2014.
They have repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces of targeting the city.
Independent confirmation is hard to come by on the ground in separatist-held areas of the east.
However, local authorities said nine 150mm shells were fired at the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, from a village to the west of the city.