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'There was a glow in the area of the power substations' - llovaysk residents on reported shelling of railway01:42

'There was a glow in the area of the power substations' - llovaysk residents on reported shelling of railway

Donetsk People's Republic, Ilovaysk
January 24, 2023 at 16:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

The impact of reported shelling at a railway junction in the town of Iloyaysk, Donetsk People’s Republic, was seen on Tuesday.

Footage shows the aftermath with damaged railway tracks, as well as shell craters and shrapnel fragments on the lines. Station staff were also seen cleaning up broken glass from the windows.

Marina, a railway station employee and eyewitness, claimed that "explosions sounded at four in the morning."

"When [we] came out, we took a look around - there was a glow in the area of the power substation. So we came and here was damage around: doors, window glass and frames were broken," she stated.

The woman also added that "when the locomotive was leaving for its main job, the train driver and his assistant were injured".

The DPR representation to the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) reported that the "shelling was recorded from the direction of: 04:10 - Krasnoarmiisk - Ilovaysk: three rockets were fired from HIMARS MLRS".

The Ukrainian side had not commented on the incident at the time of publication.

However, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's daily briefing reported on Tuesday morning that "the Defence Forces' aviation conducted eight strikes against of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment concentration areas over the past 24 hours, as well as a strike against an anti-aircraft missile system position."

The JCCC was an organisation set up in 2014 to monitor ceasefire violations and was originally composed of Ukrainian and Russian military officers, although the latter withdrew in 2017. JCCC offices of the DPR and LPR (Lugansk People's Republic) were unilaterally created and still work in the area.

The DPR is one of four regions, also including the LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye, which President Vladimir Putin agreed to admit to the Russian Federation, signing accession documents on September 30, 2022.

According to Moscow, it followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory.

'There was a glow in the area of the power substations' - llovaysk residents on reported shelling of railway01:42
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The impact of reported shelling at a railway junction in the town of Iloyaysk, Donetsk People’s Republic, was seen on Tuesday.

Footage shows the aftermath with damaged railway tracks, as well as shell craters and shrapnel fragments on the lines. Station staff were also seen cleaning up broken glass from the windows.

Marina, a railway station employee and eyewitness, claimed that "explosions sounded at four in the morning."

"When [we] came out, we took a look around - there was a glow in the area of the power substation. So we came and here was damage around: doors, window glass and frames were broken," she stated.

The woman also added that "when the locomotive was leaving for its main job, the train driver and his assistant were injured".

The DPR representation to the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) reported that the "shelling was recorded from the direction of: 04:10 - Krasnoarmiisk - Ilovaysk: three rockets were fired from HIMARS MLRS".

The Ukrainian side had not commented on the incident at the time of publication.

However, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's daily briefing reported on Tuesday morning that "the Defence Forces' aviation conducted eight strikes against of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment concentration areas over the past 24 hours, as well as a strike against an anti-aircraft missile system position."

The JCCC was an organisation set up in 2014 to monitor ceasefire violations and was originally composed of Ukrainian and Russian military officers, although the latter withdrew in 2017. JCCC offices of the DPR and LPR (Lugansk People's Republic) were unilaterally created and still work in the area.

The DPR is one of four regions, also including the LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye, which President Vladimir Putin agreed to admit to the Russian Federation, signing accession documents on September 30, 2022.

According to Moscow, it followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory.