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Ukraine: 15 dead in rocket attack on apartment building

KYIV, Ukraine –

A minimum of 15 individuals have been killed when a Russian rocket hit an condo constructing within the japanese Ukrainian city of Chasiv Yar and greater than 20 individuals should still be trapped within the rubble, officers mentioned Sunday.

The Saturday night time rocket assault is the newest in a current burst of high-casualty assaults on civilian constructions. A minimum of 19 individuals died when a Russian missile hit a shopping center within the metropolis of Kremenchuk in late June and 21 individuals have been killed when an condo constructing and recreation space got here beneath rocket fireplace within the southern Odessa area this month.

Russia has repeatedly claimed that it’s hitting solely targets of navy worth within the battle. There was no touch upon Khasiv Yar at a Russian Protection Ministry briefing on Sunday.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk area that features Chasiv Yar, mentioned the city of about 12,000 was hit by Uragan rockets, that are fired from truck-borne methods.

The Ukrainian emergency companies later mentioned the demise toll had risen to fifteen and that an estimated two dozen individuals have been beneath the wreckage. Rescuers made voice contact with at the least three individuals trapped within the rubble, it mentioned.

Khasiv Yar is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Kramatorsk, a metropolis that’s anticipated to be a significant goal of Russian forces as they grind westward.

The Donetsk area is one in all two provinces together with Luhansk that make up the Donbas area, the place separatist rebels have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014. Final week, Russia captured the town of Lysychansk, the final main stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk.

Russian forces are elevating “true hell” within the Donbas, regardless of assessments they have been taking an operational pause, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai mentioned Saturday.

After the seizure of Lysychansk, some analysts predicted that Moscow’s troops would probably take a while to rearm and regroup.

However “to date there was no operational pause introduced by the enemy. He’s nonetheless attacking and shelling our lands with the identical depth as earlier than,” Haidai mentioned. He later mentioned the Russian bombardment of Luhansk was suspended as a result of Ukrainian forces had destroyed ammunition depots and barracks utilized by the Russians.

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