Dozens of Ukrainians feared dead after Russian bomb hit a school sheltering 90 people

Photo frames of Ukrainian children are seen inside a damaged building scarred from a heavy artillery attack in Mariupol, Ukraine on May 7, 2022. (Photo by Leon Klein/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

  • A Russian bomb destroyed a school in the Donbas region where 90 people were sheltering.
  • Officials said they fear all 60 people still trapped under the rubble are dead, CNN reported.
  • This comes a day before “Victory Day,” when Putin is expected to announce some sort of victory in Ukraine.
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As many as 60 people are feared dead after a Russian bomb destroyed a school where 90 people were sheltering in the basement in the Donbas region, The Associated Press reported.

Serhiy Hayday, chief of Luhansk’s regional military administration, said it is unlikely they will find anyone alive after Saturday’s explosion, CNN reported.

“The explosion took place in the building. Rescuers [are] clearing the debris as soon as possible. The chance to find [anyone still] alive are very small. There were 90 people in the school building; 27 survived, 60 people most likely died,” Hayday said, according to CNN.

The AP reported that two bodies were also found in the rubble. In the nearby town of Pryvillia, an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old boy were killed by shelling.

CNN reported that the bomb set off several fires that took hours to extinguish. The ongoing fighting had also delayed rescue efforts.

This is because Ukrainians continue to fight against the Russian invasion ahead of Russia’s “Victory Day” on May 9. The annual event celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 during World War II. However, NPR reported that in the midst of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to the fore and there is speculation that he plans to announce a certain victory in Ukraine.

There has been heavy fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region, Hayday said on Sunday, adding that the Ukrainian army was withdrawing from the battle-fought town of Popasna, in Luhansk province, in Donbas. However, he added that they had moved to pre-approved stronger positions.

“All free settlements in the Luhansk region are hot spots,” Haidai said. “At the moment there are gun battles in (the villages) of Bilohorivka, Voivodivka and towards Popasna.”

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