Sloviansk, June 9, 2014
“Today the shelling is particularly intensive. The Artema and Mashmeta districts are being shelled in the city center. One shell hit a church, another hit an old 19th century’s house where a little girl was killed,” the city council related.
The wish of Sloviansk residents to leave the city increased after a shell hit a local Orthodox church the day before, reports Interfax-Religion with the reference to its own sources.
“Yesterday a mortar shell hit an Orthodox church building. One person was killed and very many people are injured. This happened right on the feast-day (Holy Trinity Sunday, or Pentecost), when most of the civilian residents came to pray for peace,” reported a representative of the Sloviansk volunteer corps to Interfax on Monday.
According to him, the outflow of residents from the city increased after this as “They realized that neither the bomb shelter, nor even a holy site—the church—will save them”.
“There are queues at roadblocks again. People are fleeing from the city, but the Ukrainian army is turning them back,” the volunteer corps representative states.