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OSCE Observers Report on Donetsk School Shelling Investigation

© REUTERS / Maxim ZmeyevA crater caused by shelling is seen near a school's soccer field in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 6, 2014
A crater caused by shelling is seen near a school's soccer field in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 6, 2014 - Sputnik International
Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine of the OSCE on Sunday reported on its investigation of the shelling of a school in Donetsk and confirmed the killing of two students, stating that the attack was carried out on the command of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense and the National Guard.

VIENNA, November 9 (RIA Novosti) — Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported on its investigation of the shelling of a school in Donetsk and confirmed the killing of two children Sunday.

According to the SMM report issued early Sunday, the observers interrogated representatives of the Ukrainian military, who claimed that the army had no relation to the attack, and of the Donetsk People's Republic, who informed that a shell hit the school.

Two students were killed and four sustained injuries of varying severity on Wednesday when a sports school in Donetsk was attacked.

On Thursday the Russian Investigative Committee claimed that Ukrainian forces carried out shelling of the school on the command of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense and the National Guard. Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal case over the incident.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has also launched a criminal case, blaming the Donetsk militia for carrying out the attack.

The crisis in Ukraine's eastern regions escalated when Kiev authorities launched a military operation against Donbas independence supporters in mid-April.

The conflicting sides reached a ceasefire agreement at a September 5 meeting of the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk. However, both sides have subsequently accused each other of violating the truce.

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