Eight people were killed and four others wounded after a Russian shell exploded on Thursday at a bus stop in the city of Toretsk, near the front line in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor said.
“According to the first information available to us, it is an artillery shot, which hit a public transport stop where a crowd of people was waiting”said on Telegram Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region.
Among the injured are three minors, he added.
The attack took place after Ukrainian authorities ordered civilians to evacuate the Donetsk region, the epicenter of the fighting.
“I say to all residents of the region: Do not make yourselves a target for the Russians! Evacuate in time!“Kyrylenko asked.
Russian forces continue to bombard towns in the frontline area, according to Ukrainian authorities.
The mayor of the city of Mikolaiv, in the south, said Thursday that attacks damaged residential buildings in two districts.
In the northeast, in the city of Kharkov, authorities said Russian missiles hit several industrial areas.