5 People Reported Killed In Multiple Explosions Close To City Of Donetsk

5 People Reported Killed In Multiple Explosions Close To City Of Donetsk

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12 min agoFive people reported killed in multiple explosions close to city of DonetskFrom Tim Lister and Mariya Knight 

The Russian state news agency TASS said five civilians were killed and 20 were injured Saturday as a result of multiple explosions close to the city of Donetsk by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The city is held by the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, but is rarely shelled by Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian officials have not commented on the explosions. 

The DPR said on its Telegram channel 10 Grad rockets had been fired at the Kirov district of the city. The headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the DPR said, “as a result of the shelling in Donetsk, the number of wounded increased to 10 people.”

12 min agoUkrainian defense minister says ‘optimistic’ forecast sees war over by end of the yearFrom Tim Lister and Oleksandra Ochman

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, at a conference for the Ukraine war in the United States, on April 26. (Boris Roessler/dpa/picture alliance/Getty Images)Oleksii Reznikov, the Ukrainian Defense Minister, said it is “hard to predict when the war will end, but my optimistic projection is that it may end by the end of the year.”

Reznikov was speaking at the GLOBSEC-2022 forum in Bratislava in Slovakia.

He said Ukrainian defense forces still “need heavy weapons, primarily MLRS, as well as other artillery, tanks, anti-ship systems, unmanned systems, missiles and air defenses.”

“We need them quickly and in quantities commensurate with the scale of the threats. Ukraine found itself in a state of war without adequate support from the democratic world,” he said.

“The situation is changing now, but slowly. We appreciate the contribution of each country which is currently with Ukraine, which has committed itself to increase the effectiveness of international support,” Reznikov said.
He added: “Ukraine has changed its philosophy in the supply of weapons. If in the first month of the war we focused on obtai

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