Ukraine have suffered a major blow in the ongoing war with Russia, after scores were confirmed dead in its eastern region on Sunday.
Locally sources had reported a Russian air raid in Bilohorivka; located 60 miles north-west of Luhansk which is currently a Russian stronghold. In the attack, a village school was directly hit leaving at least sixty people dead in its wake.
The continuous shelling of the area has made it difficult for rescue attempts to be carried out. This is according to the regional governor on Sunday.
Many of the deceased were believed to have taken shelter in the school, following the destruction of a club previously by another strike.
Increased shelling have also been recorded since Saturday, particularly in the Black Sea city of Odesa. The intensity led to a staged press briefing by Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol; where they claimed that the government had abandoned them at Azovstal steelworks.
Prior to the strike, the school in Bilohorivka had sheltered ninety people, with thirty being placed outside the building during the incident. This is according to Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai.
“Unfortunately, they are probably dead…Because the building collapsed. Besides, an air bomb is not a missile, its explosion produces extremely high temperatures. That’s why most likely people haven’t survived,” he opined.
Meanwhile Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has lashed out at Russia during his public address to commemorate the nation’s remembrance and reconciliation day held annually on May 8.
Zelenskyy accused Russia of repeating the crimes of Adolf Hitler, but took out time to acknowledge those who were key in defeating Hitler.
“Every year on 8 May, together with the entire civilised world, we honour everyone who defended the planet from Nazism during world war two. Millions of lost lives, crippled destinies, tortured souls and millions of reasons to say to evil: never again!
“We knew the price our ancestors paid for this wisdom. We knew how important it is to preserve it and pass it on to posterity. But we had no idea that our generation would witness the desecration of the words, which, as it turned out, are not the truth for everyone.
“This year we say ‘Never again’ differently. We hear ‘Never again’ differently. It sounds painful, cruel. Without an exclamation, but with a question mark. You say: never again? Tell Ukraine about it.”
“On 24 February, the word ‘never’ was erased. Shot and bombed. By hundreds of missiles at 4am, which woke up the entire Ukraine. We heard terrible explosions. We heard: again!” he said.
Latest attack on Ukraine citizens follow after Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, had vowed to take control of both eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions before May 9—the day Russia marks its victory over Nazi Germany.