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Brussels, 17/02/2022 – 20:33

Ukraine: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell on the incidents in the non-government-controlled areas of the Luhansk region

“The European Union strongly condemns the reported shelling of a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska. Such indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructures is totally unacceptable and represents a clear violation of the ceasefire and the Minsk agreements.

The European Union calls for an immediate end to the ongoing escalation of violence and commends Ukraine for its continued restraint.

As the European Union, we stand united in our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The European Union fully supports the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and calls for its unrestrained access to the whole territory of Ukraine, in line with its mandate.

Source – EEAS

Background report by Interfax Ukraine:

Shell hit kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska, two people injured – JFO HQ

During shelling from the temporarily occupied territories of ORDLO, one of the shells hit a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska (Luhansk region), eyewitnesses report on social networks.

As it became known to the Interfax-Ukraine agency from sources in Luhansk military-civil administration, a kindergarten at 22 Depovska Street was damaged as a result of the shelling.

Employees of the State Emergency Service carry out the evacuation of children and staff. According to medical authorities, two garden workers received a shellshock. The children and staff are currently in a safe location.

Later, the press center of the headquarters of the Joint Forces operation confirmed that as a result of the use of heavy artillery weapons by Russian mercenaries, shells hit the kindergarten building.

“With exceptional cynicism, the Russian occupation troops shelled the village of Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk region. As a result of the use of heavy artillery weapons by terrorists, shells hit the building of a kindergarten. According to preliminary data, two civilians received shell shock,” the Facebook post says.

The municipal infrastructure was also damaged, half of the settlement was left without electricity.

“Servicemen of the Joint Forces Operation promptly evacuated civilians to shelter,” the headquarters reported.

Source – Interfax

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