Air raid sirens went off across large parts of Ukraine overnight from Saturday to Sunday. In the capital kyiv and its surroundings, the city of Lviv in the west, Kharkiv and Donetsk in the east, Odessa in the south and other regions, among others, roared, according to the Ukrainian press agency. UNIEN mermaids. In Lugansk, a school where a hundred people took refuge was bombed.
So says regional governor Serhiy Gaidai. At least two people died, he said, but the death toll was expected to rise rapidly. “At least 60 people are still under the rubble,” he said.
Thirty people have been rescued so far. Seven of them are seriously injured. Unconfirmed footage shows the school was almost completely destroyed.
Explosions were also heard in Odessa. It is unclear whether these were Russian missile strikes or defensive fire from Ukrainian air defenses. There were also explosions in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
Ukraine fears the Russians are stepping up their bombardments because of a Russian holiday on May 9. On Monday, Russia will celebrate Victory Day, commemorating victory over the Nazis in World War II.
The commemoration is also a way for President Vladimir Putin to show off his military prowess. Red Square in Moscow is filled with soldiers and a parade follows, which includes tanks and anti-aircraft systems. The Russians might also want to hold military parades in Ukraine, for example in the conquered city of Mariupol.