A Russian bomb destroyed a school in the Donbass region where 90 people were sheltering. Officials said they fear the 60 people still trapped under the rubble may be dead, CNN reported. This comes a day before “Victory Day”, when Putin is expected to announce some sort of victory in Ukraine. Something is loading.
As many as 60 people are believed to have died after a Russian bomb destroyed a school where 90 people were sheltering in the basement in the Donbass region, the Associated Press reported.
Serhiy Hayday, head of the Lugansk regional military administration, said it was unlikely they would find anyone else alive after Saturday’s explosion, CNN reported.
“The explosion occurred inside the building. Rescuers [are] dismantle the debris as quickly as possible. The chances of finding [anyone still] alive are very small. There were 90 people inside the school building; 27 survived, 60 people likely died,” Hayday said, according to CNN.
The reported that two bodies were also found in the rubble. In the nearby town of Pryvillia, an 11-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were killed by shelling.
CNN reported that the bomb started several fires, which took hours to extinguish. Ongoing fighting had also slowed rescue efforts.
It comes as Ukrainians continue to fight against invading Russia ahead of Russia’s “Victory Day” on May 9. The annual event celebrates the defeat of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany in 1945 during World War II. However, reported that amid the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has risen to prominence in the present day and there is speculation that he plans to announce some victory in Ukraine.
There has been heavy fighting in the eastern region of Ukraine, Hayday said on Sunday, adding that the Ukrainian army had withdrawn from the besieged town of Popasna in the Donbass province of Luhansk. However, he added that they had moved on to stronger pre-approved positions.
“All free settlements in the Lugansk region are hotspots,” Haidai said. “At the moment there are shootings in (the villages) of Bilohorivka, Voivodivka and towards Popasna.”