All of the dead were reported to be civilians. As with deadly attacks in recent days, Ukrainian and rebel officials blamed each other for the attack. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that a 12-year-old girl was among those killed when a series long-range Soviet-made rockets called Grad, meaning hail, hit a market in an eastern district of the city shortly after 9 a.m. local time.
DONETSK, Ukraine — At least 30 people were killed on Saturday when rockets rained down on residential districts of the strategically significant eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol after Russian-backed rebels’ rejection of peace talks and promise of a new offensive.
It was not immediately clear which side carried out the attack. As with deadly attacks in recent days, Ukrainian and rebel officials blamed each other for the attack. But later in the day, in Donetsk, rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said the “attack on Mariupol has begun. We will have Debaltseve surrounded in days.” Rockets rain on eastern Ukrainian port city, killing at least 30