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U.S. Backs Kyiv's Probe Into Deadly Shelling Of Donetsk School

Washington says it supports a Ukrainian investigation into the shelling of a school in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk that killed two teenagers.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on November 6 condemned the shelling that killed two teenagers and wounded “many others.”

On November 5, heavy bombardments raged around Donetsk’s airport, where government forces are besieged by Russian-backed separatists.

One shell landed on the soccer pitch of a nearby school, killing the teenagers.

Kyiv says pro-Russian separatists were behind the deadly mortar attack.

Pro-Russian separatists blame Ukrainian government forces.

In Russia, investigators opened a criminal case against Ukrainian commanders – claiming the deaths were the result of an effort to "wipe out the Russian-speaking population" in the region.

Despite a cease-fire deal reached on September 5, there has been no end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine – which has killed more than 4,000 people since April.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and TASS