: Militants shell Ukrainian church on a Christian feast

16:14 Apr. 24, 2016

Militants shell Ukrainian church on a Christian feast

A damaged church is seen in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 8, 2015. (Getty Images)

A village church and several civilians' houses damaged on Orthodox Palm Sunday

The Russian-backed separatist forces have shelled the village of Pravdivka situated 20km away from the contact line in eastern Ukraine. That's according to the Ukrainian military press centre.

The militants violated Minsk accords and fired at the houses of civilians.

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"As a result of shelling, a church was almost destroyed. The militants' cynicism goes over the line, as today [Orthodox] Christian believers mark Palm Sunday, go to church and pray, among other things, for peace on our land," the press centre said.

On Sunday, Russian-backed separatist forces increased shelling in eastern Ukraine

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