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A Russian attack on a school building in the village of Bilohirivka in Luhansk, Ukraine, left at least 62 suspected dead, officials said.
Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Haidai announced on Telegram on Saturday that a Russian airstrike hit the school which contained around 90 people, causing severe damage and starting a fire, Ukraine’s Ukrinform reported. .
Thirty people were safely evacuated from the building’s rubble, but the other 60 people remain trapped and are presumed dead, the governor said.
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“The 60 people who remained under the rubble of the buildings are most likely dead. These are real atrocities of the ‘Russian world’: the cynical shelling of a school with a bomb shelter, the murder of children in Pryvillia. The Russians don’t ‘It doesn’t matter who they kill. If they can’t kill a soldier, they will kill an innocent child,’ Haidai said.
Rescue teams were able to extinguish the flame after four hours and have since removed two bodies from under the debris, according to the report.
The governor said the school building was the city’s last safe haven for civilians after Russian forces shelled another facility where civilians were hiding, Yahoo News reported.
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After the other building fell, the civilians who remained in the city went to the school, where they were hiding in the basement, before Sunday’s attack, the governor said.
“The Russians dropped a bomb on a school that housed almost the entire village. Everyone who failed to evacuate. After the village club was hit, the school became the only place of safety, but the Russians even took that away from people,” he said, Yahoo News reported.
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The rescue operation is still ongoing, the governor said.