Ukrainian wildfires kill 9, set off ammunition from war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The East of Russia's supported separatists and Ukrainian forces killed at least 9 people and shot a detonated unexploded explosive on Thursday.

The state emergency service reported that approximately 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) were being shot in the Luhansk area.

In Stanichna Luhanska, the local administration told Facebook that there were flames that encircled houses on two streets, one of which had leftover shells from 2014-16.

The rebel-controlled city of Stanichna Luhanska is just outside.

Nine persons died in fires and one of them workers of the State Forest Department is confirmed by the emergency service.

It says that about 250 homes were demolished.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has claimed in a resolution that artillery from the rebel-held territories may have set off some of the blazes.

In eastern Ukraine heavy battles broke out between separatist rebels and the Ukrainian forces in 2014.

While the struggle has decreased considerably, there are occasional battles.