The Russian airstrike on a Ukrainian school leaves at least 62 presumed dead in Luhansk, the governor said

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A Russian attack on a school building in the village of Bilohirivka in Luhansk, Ukrainethey left at least 62 presumed dead, officials said.

Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Haidai announced on Telegram on Saturday that a Russian airstrike hit the school which contained about 90 people, causing severe damage and starting a fire, Ukrainian Ukrinform reported.

Thirty people have been safely evacuated from the rubble of the building, but the other 60 people remain trapped and presumed to have died, the governor said.

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“All 60 people left under the rubble of the buildings are most likely dead. These are real atrocities of the ‘Russian world’: the cynical bombing of a school with an air-raid shelter, the killing of children in Pryvillia. The Russians no “It doesn’t matter who they kill. If they can’t kill a soldier, they’ll kill an innocent child, ”Haidai said.

A view shows a residential building, which according to local officials of Ukraine was damaged by bombing, in the city of Vrubivka, in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, in this image published on February 17, 2022. Press service of the Ukrainian National Police in the Luhansk region / Dispensa via REUTERS
(Press service of the civil-military administration of the city of Popasna / Dispensa via REUTERS)

Rescue teams were able to put out 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 last refuge in the city for civilians afterwards Russian the military bombed another facility where civilians were hiding, Yahoo News reported.

gov. Serhiy Haidai announced that the Russian army destroyed a school, killing at least 62 people.

gov. Serhiy Haidai announced that the Russian army destroyed a school, killing at least 62 people.
(Serhiy Haidai / Telegram)

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After the other building fell, civilians left in town 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 protected almost the entire village. Everyone they failed to evacuate. After the village club was hit, the school became the only safe place, but the Russians they took that away from people as well, “he said, reported Yahoo News.

Smoke escapes from a power and heating plant as it was bombed in Shchastya, in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (Photo AP / Vadim Ghirda)

Smoke escapes from a power and heating plant as it was bombed in Shchastya, in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (Photo AP / Vadim Ghirda)
(Photo AP / Vadim Ghirda)

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The rescue operation is still ongoing, the governor said.