Reportedly, Russian invasion forces have bombed a school that had been converted into and marked as, a civilian shelter out in an eastern Ukraine village this past Saturday, which has left in its wake over 60 people dead or missing.
Rescue teams have been diligently and frantically sorting through the rubble in Berestove this past Sunday in hopes of discovering any more survivors in the wake of the airstrikes, as stated in reports. This attack just might be one of the single deadliest strikes carried out over the course of the two and half month conflict. one of the survivors stated to The Washington Post that dozens of people were huddled close taking cover in the basement of the Bilohorivka school when the airstrikes hit the building.
“There are only twelve of us left alive,” one patient stated to the outlet while still in the hospital of the nearby town of Bakhmut.
Apparently, Russia seems to be heavily escalating its series of attacks in the lead up to May 9th, which is known in Russia as Victory Day. The focus of Moscow is now entirely on the eastern region known as Donbas, which includes the assaulted town of Berestove, all in the wake of its forces failing to take and hold Kyiv.
The governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, stated that roughly 90 people were taking cover in that shelter, but witnesses from the area seem to indicate that the actual number sat at about three dozen.
“We’d been inside that basement for a month,” stated one elderly woman to the Post. “We were eating dinner when it happened. We didn’t know what hit us.”
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Haidai stated that he thinks close to 60 people are still buried within the rubble and are likely dead, issuing condemnation against the “cynical” attack via his Telegram Channel. He went on to state that all rescue efforts have been hindered by a large fire that resulted from the initial airstrike.
“The fire was extinguished after nearly four hours, then the rubble was cleared, and, unfortunately, the bodies of two people were found,” stated Haidai via his Telegram. “Thirty people were evacuated from the rubble, seven of whom were injured. Sixty people were likely to have died under the rubble of buildings.”
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine labeled the bombing of the civilian shelter a “brutal war crime.” Out in Luhansk, the Russian invasion forces are seemingly teaming up with various pro-Russian separatist groups in an attempt to surround and remove all government forces from the area.