Russian strikes killed two and injured eight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Saturday, the mayor said, accusing Moscow of using cluster bombs in the attack.
“Russia continues to sow terror,” Oleksandr Goncharenko said in a Facebook post. “Consequences of the shelling of Kramatorsk with cluster bombs: two people were killed and eight were injured, three of them seriously.”
AFP journalists on the ground heard a dozen explosions go off almost simultaneously just before 4:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. GMT) and saw smoke above a park in the south of the city.
A woman died at the scene from her injuries, they saw.
Shortly after, another round of explosions was heard in a neighborhood two kilometers (one mile) away. A taxi driver was seriously injured, according to AFP journalists.
“She came to see me briefly. I said goodbye to her, closed the door and a few seconds later I heard the explosions,” said Lena, 46. “I was lucky to be inside with my daughter when all of this happened.”
A UN treaty backed by most Western nations bans the use and transfer of cluster bombs, which spread dozens of tiny explosives, often posing a threat long after a conflict has ended.
Russia and Ukraine have not signed the treaty and the United Nations has expressed concern over Moscow’s alleged use of cluster munitions in populated areas since it invaded Ukraine l ‘last year.
The strikes marked the second time Kramatorsk had been targeted in a week. On Tuesday, one person died and three people were injured following a strike on residential buildings.
Kramatorsk is located in the eastern industrial region of Donetsk, parts of which, including its largest city, have been controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists since 2014.
In April 2022, a missile strike killed around 60 people at Kramatorsk train station, in one of the deadliest attacks targeting invading civilians.
Moscow has sought to capture the entire region after declaring it part of Russia last year.