At least 60 people were killed in Russian airstrikes at schools in the Lugansk region of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. According to the local government, the school was used as a shelter, so there were about 90 civilians in the building. Violence on the ground continues and fears of what Russia will do on the day of victory are high.
On May 9th Victory Day, Russia celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. As a result, it is unclear what Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to say or what he is trying to say. Ukraine is afraid that Russia will use this memorial ceremony to carry out heavy airstrikes.
Some cities were surprised by air raid sirens on the nights from Saturday to Sunday. This happened not only in the capital Kyiv, but also in Lviv in the west, Odesa in the south, and Kharkiv and Donetsk in the east.
Air raids at school
Russia continues to attack, especially in the east. Ukrainian officials have reported that there was an airstrike at school on Saturday in the town of Birohorifka in the eastern part of the Lugansk region.
According to Lugansk Governor Sergei Hadai, dozens of people were seeking shelter there from the violence of the war. After the air raid, a fire broke out and the building collapsed. President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attack killed 60 civilians. 30 people were rescued by the rescue team.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres responded to the shock of the bombing. He once again remembered that he had to escape civilian and civilian infrastructure, even during the war. This attack once again proves that “in this conflict, like many other conflicts, it is the civilians who pay the highest price.”
“Surrender is not an option”
Meanwhile, more than 170 civilians from the port of Mariupol in Ukraine have arrived at Zapology in the heart of the country. The bus also included 40 people who had recently evacuated from the surrounding Azofustari factory. Since Saturday, all women, children and the elderly have been taken away from it. Men and soldiers form the last Ukrainian resistance in the city against the Russians.
“Russia is not interested in our lives, so surrender is not an option. They don’t mind keeping us alive,” an Azov Battalion officer said in a video message from the factory. “We still have water and ammunition. We have weapons. We will fight until we find the best solution to this situation.”
“Kharkov is no longer within range of Russian cannons”
Conflict journalist Rudy Vranks of the city of Kharkov says there is still fierce fighting in the area. But he sees a difference compared to a month ago. “Ukrainians continue to attack here, and Russians didn’t expect it,” Vranks said. “Ukrainian troops were able to recapture the territory. They are moving forward to push Russian troops back to their borders,” he said.
Kharkov could be the second largest city after Kyiv.
The city center is no longer within range of Russian cannons. “Kharkov, the second largest city in the country after Kyiv, could also be the second city to be considered liberated in a few days,” says Vranks. According to him, support from the West, especially the supply of weapons, plays a major role.
But this does not mean the end of the battle. “Russia has learned that it is not possible to stand on multiple fronts at once. Still, it wants to conquer the Donbas region, including Donetsk and Lugansk. 50-100 km away from here, Russian troops You can see it invading the center of the Donetsk. Get it. “
Zelensky: “Never again. Apparently some people have forgotten it.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky reflected in his daily video message at the end of World War II 77 years ago. According to him, the Ukrainian struggle against the Russians is similar to the struggle against Nazism between 1940 and 1945.
“After World War II, a promise was made. Never again. Apparently some people have forgotten it. Our generation must see these words blasphemed. I had no idea. “” Because everything was black and white again, “the video was shot in black and white instead of color, Zelensky said.