Strike on residential building in Donbas kills at least 15 | War in Ukraine

Strike on residential building in Donbas kills at least 15 | War in Ukraine

Rescue workers mobilize in the rubble of an apartment building in Chassiv Iar, Donetsk region.

Russian forces continued to shell eastern Ukraine on Sunday, killing at least 15 in a strike that ripped open an apartment building in Chassiv Iar, authorities say Ukrainian.

The strike occurred overnight in this small town of some 12,000 people. Rescuers say 24 people are still under the rubble, including a child, while five others were rescued from under the rubble.

The four-storey building was been hit by a Russian Hurricane missile, Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said on Telegram that the Russian army aims to conquer.

AFP journalists who arrived on the scene after the strike saw the partially collapsed building, rescuers and a backhoe working to clear the area.

“I was in the bedroom, I came out and everything started shaking, falling apart. What saved me was the ripple from the explosion that propelled me, bleeding, into the toilet. »

— A resident who refused to give her name

Rescue workers attempt to extricate prisoners from the rubble of the building hit by Russian rockets.

According to Mr. Kyrylenko, at least 591 civilians have been killed and 1,548 others injured so far in the Donetsk region since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. On Friday, he said that Moscow was preparing new actions in the east.

The Russian army, which announced in early July that it had taken control of the region of Lugansk, is now targeting Donetsk to occupy the entire Donbass mining basin.

This has been partially controlled since 2014 by Moscow-backed separatists after the Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

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Brutal Russian artillery strikes do not stop for a day: Sloviansk, Bakhmout, Avdiivka…, Ukrainian President condemned Saturday evening Volodymyr Zelensky, still demanding modern and powerful weapons to defend himself.

Mr. Zelensky also accused Moscow of deliberately, intentionally hitting simple houses, civilian objects, people. There are victims, dead, wounded.

Several Ukrainian officials have also accused the Russian forces of causing fires in the fields with their fire to destroy the crops.

The Ukrainian army general staff reported on Saturday, as the day before, numerous Russian bombardments, but almost no ground assaults by Moscow forces.< /p>

kyiv, for its part, assured that it had targeted two Russian command points and depots in the Chornobaivka region.

In Kharkiv, the country's second city, Governor Oleg Synegoubov reported on Telegram new missile fire which hit an educational establishment and a house and injured one person.

Teachers and staff at the M.V. Lomonosov gymnasium in downtown Kharkiv after it was destroyed by a Russian missile strike on July 10, 2022

D' other Russian strikes are reported in particular near Siversk and Sloviansk as well as in the Mykolaiv region.

The ambassador to Moscow of the separatist republic of Lugansk, Rodion Mirochnik, declared on Sunday morning on Telegram that in the Donetsk region an offensive was launched against Siversk from the north and the locality of Grygorivka was captured after fighting.

According to him, our troops continue to carry out military operations to liberate Serebrianka, another locality in the region.

The Russian Defense Ministry in a statement on Saturday evening accused the Ukrainians of installing men and armaments in schools and civilian buildings in several localities of the Donetsk Territory and Kh archive.

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