Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing a school in the eastern village of Bilohorivka, killing at least two people.
The governor of Lugansk province Serhiy Gaidai of the Ukrainian government today accused Russian forces of dropping bombs on a school in the village of Bilohorivka on the afternoon of May 7, when about 90 people were sheltering there. Gaidai said the explosion caused a fire that engulfed the school.
“The fire was extinguished after nearly 4 hours. The bodies of two people have been found,” Governor Gaidai posted on Telegram.
Gaidai said 30 people were evacuated, of which seven were injured. He feared 60 people were likely killed under the rubble.
Governor Gaidai added that according to preliminary information he received, shelling in the village of Shypilovo destroyed a house and 11 people were still trapped under the rubble. Gaidai also said Ukrainian forces still control the area, despite the difficult situation.
The Russian side has not yet responded to the information.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, said on May 8 that his troops had captured most of the city of Popasna in the Lugansk province of eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine has not yet responded to this information, but Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, late on May 7 confirmed that the fierce fighting in Popasna has not come to an end.
“The Russian side is happy to announce that they have won the city, but that is not the case. This is the 117th time they have announced ‘winning Popasna’ just this week,” Arestovych said.
Eastern Ukraine continues to be the area of the fiercest fighting. Russian forces organized attacks along the Donbass with the goal of controlling more territory, while Ukraine continued to resist fiercely.
Ngoc Anh (According to Reuters)
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