Kyiv ( Associated Press) – At least two people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine, officials said, as Russia said on Sunday it launched missile attacks on barracks used by Ukrainian troops.
Donetsk governor Pavlo Kirilenko said one person was killed and eight others were wounded in the attacks in Bakhmut. It also reported rocket attacks in Kramatorsk and Konstantinivka.
Governor Oleh Sinihubov said that in the Kharkiv region, the town of Merefa was attacked overnight, killing one and hitting two other settlements in the region.
The Russian military said missiles fired in Kramatorsk targeted barracks used by Ukrainian troops, killing about 600 people. There was no comment from the Ukrainian authorities and at the moment it was not possible to verify the information.
About a week ago, Ukraine’s military fired rockets at a building east of Donetsk where Russian troops were stationed, killing dozens. It was one of the deadliest attacks on Kremlin forces since the war began nearly 11 months earlier.
Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry, said the attacks were in retaliation for the Ukrainian attack on Makiivka, which killed at least 89 Russian soldiers.
“In the past days, Russian intelligence media have detected and confirmed through various independent channels some temporary bases of the Ukrainian army in Kramatorsk,” he said. “As a result of a massive rocket attack on these temporary bases of Ukrainian units, more than 600 Ukrainian servicemen were killed.”
The latest developments come after the Russian military on Saturday ended a partially enforced and unilateral ceasefire that coincided with Orthodox Christmas celebrations.