Russian bombardments intensified in eastern Ukraine, where an attack on a school left 60 missing, according to local authorities, and further south, in Mariupol, the last entrenched fighters feared the final attack on Sunday, the eve of an important parade. military in Moscow.
After the bombing in the town of Bilogorivka, in the Luhansk region, in the east, 60 people who were taking refuge in a school were missing, the regional governor, Serguii Gaidai, reported on Sunday. “The bombs fell on the school and unfortunately it was completely destroyed,” he said on his Telegram account. “There were 90 people in total. 27 were saved.”
“The enemy does not cease its offensive operations in the eastern operational zone to establish full control on the territory of the Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson regions, and to maintain the land corridor between these territories and occupied Crimea” since 2014, the state said. Ukrainian major on Sunday.
According to him, in the Donetsk region, Russian troops continued their offensive operations around Lyman, Popasnyansky, Severodonetsk and Avdiivka. The situation was “tense” near Moldova.
– “Evil returned” –
On the Russian side, the Defense Ministry claimed Sunday the destruction of the “command post of a mechanized brigade” in the Kharkov region (east), as well as “the communication center of the Chervonoglinskoye military airfield, near Artsyz”.
For days, the Ukrainian authorities have warned against the possible intensification of Russian attacks on the eve of the commemoration of May 9, the date on which Moscow celebrates the victory against Nazi Germany in 1945.
The Ukrainian president, who this Sunday has to participate in a telematic meeting of the leaders of the G7 powers, wanted to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II with a message comparing the current situation.
“Decades after World War II, darkness returned to Ukraine,” the president said in a black-and-white video posted on social media.
“Evil is back, in a different uniform, with different slogans, but with the same goal,” he warned, attempting to turn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “anti-Nazi” rhetoric against him.
Putin also took advantage of the date to draw numerous comparisons between the Second World War and the conflict in Ukraine and reaffirm Russian objectives.
“Today our soldiers, like their ancestors, are fighting shoulder to shoulder for the liberation of their homeland from Nazi filth, confident that, as in 1945, victory will be ours,” Putin said, on the eve of the celebrations of the Victory Day.
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