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Shakhtar's stadium damaged by shelling in Donetsk

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 23, 2014 at 10:39 am •  Published: August 23, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk's stadium was damaged by shelling Saturday during the conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.

Club chief executive Sergei Palkin said two shells struck the stadium complex early Saturday morning, one damaging the arena itself and another striking its electricity substation.

Shakhtar published photos showing debris strewn around an entrance to the stadium, but said there were "no casualties among the stadium staff."

The 52,667-capacity Donbass Arena was a venue for the 2012 European championship in Poland and Ukraine and has hosted teams including Manchester United and Barcelona for Champions League games.

Shakhtar's home city of Donetsk is the largest city controlled by pro-Russian rebels, and fighting in the area has become more intense in recent weeks.

Shakhtar is playing its home games this season in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv due to the conflict. That will include Champions League games when the group stage begins next month.

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