Donetsk city administration building hit by shelling, Russian-backed officials say

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Shelling by Ukrainian forces damaged the administrative building in the city of Donetsk, the capital of the Donetsk region, the Russian-backed city administration said on Sunday.

The administration said on the Telegram messaging app that the main entrance to the building was hit and several nearby cars damaged.

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There was no immediate reaction from Ukraine to the attack.

Reuters could not verify the report.

The city of Donetsk has been controlled by the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic since 2014. Russia decided in September to annex the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, as part of the largest expansion of the territory Russian for at least half a century.

Moscow declared the annexations after holding what it called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine. Western and Kyiv governments said the votes violated international law and were coercive and unrepresentative.

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