Shchastia was shelled by artillery on Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Hennadii Moskal.
"Moments ago the terrorists shelled the town of Shchastia from Vesela Hora using artillery. A projectile hit a cafe with people inside. We know about two dead and three seriously injured. In addition, three passers-by were wounded. Presently, soldiers are clearing up the debris of the cafe to find out whether more people were injured," the statement reads.
Head of the Luhansk region police Anatolii Naumenko stated on his Facebook page that nine people were in the rubble of the cafe. At the moment, police officers are pulling the victims from under the rubble and taking the wounded to hospitals. According to Naumenko, shelling of Shchastia was cruel: "The artillery from that side hit with such fury, it was choking. There are many casualties among civilians. The town is on fire."
Moskal also reports that several shells hit garages, which subsequently ignited and are now burning together with cars inside. The town's heating pipes, power lines and water supply system have been damaged. Details of the shelling damage are being established. "This is how they are preparing for general cease-fire," the governor summed up.