At least 60 people were killed in a Russian shelling of a school in the village of Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirms this in his daily video message. More than ninety citizens used the school as a shelter.
The images show that the school was almost completely destroyed. The governor of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk initially reported that two people were killed in the school, but also that around 60 people were buried under the rubble, who are also believed to have died.
At least 27 people were rescued, including seven seriously injured, the governor said.
Irena, 57, survived the school bombing. “We’ve been in the basement for a month,” she told a reporter. The Washington Post† His face and neck were swollen. “We were having dinner when it happened.”
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres reacted with amazement to the deadly Russian attack. Guterres reiterated again that even in times of war, civilians and civilian infrastructure must always be respected. He noted that the attack proves once again that “in this conflict, as in so many other conflicts, civilians are paying the highest price.”
Air raid sirens went off across large parts of Ukraine overnight from Saturday to Sunday. 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 wish to hold military parades in Ukraine, for example in the conquered city of Mariupol.