Russia bombards the Ukrainian school which serves as a refuge; 60 feared deaths

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Ukrainian officials believe up to 60 people died after a Russian Saturday a bomb destroyed a school that served as a refuge.

The emergency teams have so far rescued 30 people and recovered two bodies of the 90 people who had taken refuge in the basement of the school in the village of Bilohorivka.

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“Most likely, all 60 people left under the rubble are now dead,” the governor said. Serhiy Haidai wrote about the Telegram messaging app.

A Ukrainian military man walks among the rubble of a building badly damaged by numerous Russian bombings near a front line in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Monday, April 25, 2022.

A Ukrainian military man walks among the rubble of a building badly damaged by numerous Russian bombings near a front line in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Monday, April 25, 2022.
(Photo AP / Felipe Dana)

Russian bombing also killed two boys, ages 11 and 14, in the nearby town of Pryvillia, Haidai wrote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned in recent days that Russian attacks would intensify ahead of Russia’s Victory Day celebration which celebrated the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to want to proclaim some form of military victory over Ukraine when addressing troops on Red Square on 9 May.

Meanwhile, a number of Western leaders made an unannounced visit to Ukraine in support, including First Lady Jill Biden, who met with Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska on Mother’s Day.

“I wanted to come for Mother’s Day,” the US first lady told Zelenska, which had not appeared in public since the beginning of the Russian invasion. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war must end and that this war was brutal and that the people of the United States are on the side of the Ukrainian people.”

First lady Jill Biden, second left, and Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, join a group of school 6 children in making tissue paper teddy bears as gifts for Mother’s Day in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Sunday 8 May 2022.
(Photo AP / Susan Walsh, Pool)

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Zelenska praised Biden for taking a “brave” trip, which happened as an impromptu part of a four-day trip to Eastern Europe.

The two first ladies met in a small class in front of reporters before meeting in private. Zelenska and her children remained in an unknown location due to security concerns as Moscow made it a priority at the beginning of the invasion to try to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his family.

Peter Aitken of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.