At least 15 people killed after a Russian rocket struck a Ukrainian apartment: local officials


Ukraine’s CHASIVYAR / KYIV-Local officials rescued on Sunday that at least 15 people were killed and another 20 could be trapped after a Russian uragan rocket collided with a five-story apartment in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. He said the corps had passed through the rubble.

Ukraine also reported a clash with Russian troops on the eastern and southern fronts, and Moscow stores the M777 Howitzer (a type of artillery) produced in the United States near Kostantinovka in the Donetsk region. He said he had attacked a Ukrainian army hanger.

Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the apartment strike took place on Saturday night in the town of Chasiv Yar. Local paramedics killed at 15:00 on Sunday, adding that another 24 people could be under the rubble.

“We rushed to the basement. At first there were three hits somewhere in the kitchen,” said the rescue team when they removed the body of the white sheet and used a crane and rubble to clean up the rubble. A local resident named Ludmila said. In their hands.

“Second, I don’t remember, there was a lightning bolt, we ran towards the second entrance and went straight to the basement. We sat there all night until this morning. Another survivor, named Venera, said he wanted to save the two kittens.

“I was thrown into the bathroom, it was all confusing, I was shocked, everything was covered in blood,” she said crying. “By the time I left the bathroom, the room was full of debris and the third floor had collapsed. I couldn’t find any kittens under the rubble.”

Kyrylenko wrote on Telegram that Chasiv Yar rescuers had cleared nearly 99 tonnes of rubble from the location of the collapsed apartment and rescue operations are still ongoing at 4 pm.

Rocket attack
On July 10, 2022, the building was damaged after a rocket attack at a site designated as Chasiv Yar in Ukraine. (Distribution via Pavlo Kyrylenko / Reuters, Governor of Donetsk Oblast)

Andrey Jermac, Chief of Staff of President Volodymyr Zelensky, said in a telegram post that the strike was “another terrorist attack” and as a result Russia should be designated as a national supporter of terrorism.

Russia, which states that it is conducting “special military operations” to demilitarize Ukraine, has denied deliberately attacking civilians.

Luhansk and Donetsk make up the eastern industrial region of Ukraine, which has been Europe’s largest battlefield for generations. Russia is trying to take control of Donbus on behalf of the separatists it supports.

Ukraine and the West call the invasion of Moscow an unprovoked war of aggression.

American howitzer

Russian troops attacked a Ukrainian position near the town of Slovyansk in Donetsk, but were forced to withdraw, Ukrainian troops said, saying that Russian troops launched a cruise missile attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv from the border side. Added. Details of the damage and casualties have not been disclosed.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian troops are gathering in the area of ​​the village of Bilohorivka, about 50 km (30 miles) east of Slovyansk.

“The enemy … has bombarded the surrounding settlements and carried out airstrikes, but still cannot quickly occupy the entire Luhansk region,” he said in Telegram.

Russia claimed control of the entire Luhansk Oblast last weekend.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the military destroyed two hangars near the town of Donetsk, Kostantinovka, holding a US-made M777 howitzer that was said to have been used to bombard Donetsk’s residential areas.

A Russian news agency quoted separatist officials saying on Sunday that Ukrainian troops had bombarded Donetsk with NATO standard 155mm guns from the morning, injuring two inhabitants.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the battlefield account.

Ukrainian spokesmen could not get immediate comments.

In the south, Ukrainian troops fired missiles and artillery at Russian positions, including ammunition depots in the Chornobaivka area, according to Ukrainian military headquarters.

Turbine retreat

Ukraine has been underpinned by strict sanctions on Western military supplies and Moscow to resist the invasion that began on February 24.

However, it suffered a diplomatic retreat on Saturday when Canada announced that Russia’s state-owned Gazprom would return the repaired turbine used to supply Germany with natural gas.

Ukraine claims that the return violates sanctions against Russia, and the country’s Ministry of Energy and Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday that it was “extremely disappointed” with Canada’s decision.

A statement posted on the Ministry of Energy’s website called on the Canadian government to overturn that decision, saying that returning the turbine would adjust the sanctions imposed on Moscow “on the whim of Russia.”

Anna Boytenko and Max Hander