January 30, 2015 / 2:23 PM / 6 years ago

Ukraine military blames separatists for attack on Donetsk cultural center

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s military blamed separatists for a shell attack on a cultural center in Donetsk where humanitarian aid was being given out and which it said killed at least seven people on Friday.

A statement said the separatists had used “a cynical terrorist act” to try to undermine a meeting of the so-called ‘contact group’ involving Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as rebel leaders.

A ‘contact group’ meeting had been planned to take place in Minsk, Belarus, on Friday, but rebels said it had been called off because of foot-dragging by Ukraine.

Writing By Richard Balmforth

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