Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing a school

Ukraine has accused 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 around 90 people were sheltering there. Gaidai said the blast caused a fire that engulfed the school.

“The fire was extinguished after almost 4 hours. The bodies of two people were found,” Governor Gaidai wrote on Telegram.

Gaidai said 30 people were evacuated, seven of whom were injured. He feared as many as 60 people were likely killed under the rubble.

The site of the after-school destruction in the village of Bilohorivka, Lugansk was attacked on May 8.  Photo: Reuters.

The site of the after-school destruction in the village of Bilohorivka, Lugansk was attacked on May 8. Picture: Reuters.

Governor Gaidai added that according to preliminary information he received, a house was destroyed by shelling in the village of Shypilovo and 11 people were still trapped under the rubble. Gaidai also said that despite the difficult situation, Ukrainian forces still control the area.

The Russian side has not yet responded to the information.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic, said on May 8 that his forces had captured most of the town of Popasna in eastern Ukraine’s Lugansk province.

Ukraine has not yet acted on this information, but Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, confirmed late May 7 that fierce fighting in Popasna is not over.

“The Russian team is happy to announce that they won the city, but that’s not the case. This is the 117th time they’ve announced ‘win against Popasna’ this week,” Arestovych said.

After more than 70 days of fighting, Russia is stepping up missile attacks on many areas across Ukraine in connection with the West’s arms race to Kyiv.

Eastern Ukraine remains the area of ​​the fiercest fighting. Russian forces organized attacks along the Donbass in an attempt to control more territory, while Ukraine continued to resist fiercely.

The military situation in Ukraine after 11 weeks of fighting.  Graphic: Washington Post.

The military situation in Ukraine after 11 weeks of fighting. Graphic: Washington Post.

Ngoc app (Corresponding Reuters)