Amateur video purports to show the moment shells hit a residential area in Mariupol. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dashboard camera caught a moment when shells hit a residential area in Ukraine's strategic port of Mariupol on Saturday (January 24). The video obtained from Mariupol resident Viktor Zubritsky who posted it on Youtube shows a car driving along the street behind another vehicle when shells started exploding ahead. Reuters cannot further verify its content. Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union's foreign policy chief to warn of a further "grave deterioration" in EU-Russian relations. Mariupol's city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 people and injured 83 others by firing rockets from long-range GRAD missile systems. The city of 500,000, on the Sea of Azov, is vital for eastern Ukraine's steel and grain exports and straddles the coastal route from the Russian border to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula in southern Ukraine seized by Russia last March.