Ukraine-Russia war live: Kremlin missile strike kills 11, including 5 children, near Donetsk

A Russian missile strike in eastern Ukraine has killed at least 11 people, including five children, a local official has reported.

Vadim Filashkin, head of the Donetsk regional state administration, said Russia fired multiple S-300 missiles at Pokrovsk and Myrnograd, two small towns just over forty miles from the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

“11 dead, including 5 children – these are the preliminary consequences of the strikes in the Pokrovsky district,” Mr Filashkin said. “The enemy is cynically hitting civilians, trying to bring as much misery as possible to our land.”

Images of the aftermath of the attack showed local emergency services searching through the rubble in the area. Another photo showed a small car completely destroyed.

The towns of Pokrovsk and Myrnograd are just an hours drive from Donetsk City, around which some of the heaviest fighting on the frontline is taking place.

Earlier today, two nine-year-old twins were hospitalised further south in Kherson Oblast as a result of Russian shelling. A 58-year-old man was also injured, according to Kherson governor Oleksandr Prokudin.

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