Russian Rockets Kills 15, Dozens Trapped Under Rubble, Ukraine Says

At least 15 people have been killed and about 20 more are feared buried under rubble after Russian rockets struck an apartment block in Chasiv Yar, a town in eastern Ukraine, officials say.

A building was partially destroyed as a result of Russian missile hit

Five victims have been brought out alive. The death toll was given by a Ukrainian emergency services official.

One side of the five-storey building was ripped apart, leaving a mountain of rubble. Chasiv Yar is near the city of Kramatorsk, in Donetsk region. Donetsk is the focus of a Russian push.

The region’s governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the destruction was caused by Russian Uragan rockets.

In the south, Ukrainian forces fired missiles on Sunday at the Russian-occupied city of Kherson. Reports from both sides are contradictory: a Ukrainian official said a Russian military base was hit, while Russian reports say a hospital was damaged and a house destroyed.

Serhiy Bratchuk, a senior Ukrainian official based in Odesa, claimed the Ukrainian forces “struck the occupiers’ base in the Kherson region” and posted a photo apparently showing a big plume of smoke over Kherson.

Russia’s Tass news agency said Kherson’s air defence system fired back and four explosions were heard in the city. It said a Ukrainian missile destroyed a house, injuring two people. And a Russian news site, Khersonsky Vyestnik, said a hospital was damaged in the Ukrainian attack. Dozens of emergency workers are still searching for bodies beneath the piles of concrete and rubble in Chasiv Yar, assisted by a bulldozer and crane to lift slabs of concrete.

The entire side of one apartment block was destroyed. A neighbouring block was also badly damaged, with shattered glass, wood and concrete littering the floor. The emergency services were still looking for survivors under the rubble. They would occasionally halt their work to listen for any sounds.

While we were there, only an injured dog was pulled out from under the rubble. Bodies of the dead had already been recovered by the time we arrived. Some eyewitnesses said that some of the bodies had been wearing military uniforms. But most of those living here were civilians.

Survivors were collecting belongings from their damaged homes and handing out food to neighbours. They spoke of seeing and hearing flashes of massive explosions late last night. But in daylight there was no evidence that this was a military position.

Once again it appears that Russian artillery has destroyed people’s homes and killed civilians.A familiar pattern shown throughout this war – with no sign of Russian remorse.Ukrainian forces have been reinforcing defences around Kramatorsk and Slovyansk – two cities in Donetsk in the path of Russia’s offensive.

On Saturday the Russian defence ministry reported that its forces had destroyed a hangar storing US M777 howitzers in Chasiv Yar. That claim has not been confirmed.

Having captured Luhansk region, the Russians aim to take the rest of Donetsk. Both regions comprise the industrial Donbas, which President Vladimir Putin claims to be part of Russia.

The Chasiv Yar civilian death toll is one of the highest in Donetsk so far, Ms Bakhal said, though Russian shelling of Mariupol caused more destruction and casualties.

source :BBC

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