Another attack from Kiev has hit central Donetsk, targeting a funeral and a hotel where numerous reporters stay and work
At 10:13 am today (Thursday), Ukraine began shelling central Donetsk. There were five powerful blasts in the space of ten minutes. The last explosion blew out my hotel's ground-floor glass, including a sitting room - where journalists often congregate before and after going out to do field reporting - and the lobby. About one minute earlier, I had passed through the latter. A cameraman's assistant who was there at the time of that fifth explosion suffered a concussion from the force of the blast. A woman walking outside the building was killed, as were at least four others, including a child. Donetsk Telegram channels are filled with videos locals have taken, of the dead, the injured and the damage, and of grief-stricken people.
One such hard-to-watch Telegram post (warning: graphic footage) features a man in shock at the gruesome sight of the bodies of his murdered wife and grandchild on a street two blocks from the hotel. The total number of injured is still not known, as I write. First estimates placed the number at at least ten, among them two ambulance workers: a paramedic and a doctor. by Eva Bartlett