At least 60 presumed dead after Russian airstrike on school

At least 60 people died after a Russian airstrike on a school where people had taken refuge in the village of Bilohorivka in eastern Ukraine, the regional governor of Luhansk said on Sunday.

Fires raged at the school after Saturday afternoon’s strike, Serhiy Haidai said in a post on his Telegram channel. He said two people had been confirmed dead. Of the 30 people evacuated, seven were injured, he added.

“Most likely the 60 people who remained under the rubble of the buildings died,” Haidai said.

His comments preceded a scheduled video call between leaders of the world’s biggest economies and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a show of unity the day before Russia marks its Victory Day holiday to honor Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany on May 9.

The Group of 7 Nations meeting comes after Zelenskyy warned in a late night video address that Russian forces are likely to intensify their attacks through Monday. His comments came after the key Black Sea port of Odessa was hit by cruise missiles and the continued shelling of the Azovstal steelworks on the coast in Mariupol.

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A man stands in a crater after a Russian airstrike in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine on Saturday.

Speaker of German parliament arrives in Kyiv

German parliament speaker Baerbel Bas arrived in Kyiv on Sunday to commemorate World War II victims and hold political talks, a parliament official said on Twitter.

Enrico Brissa, the Bundestag’s chief of protocol, posted photos on Twitter of Baerbel arriving on a train and of his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

‘Failing performance’ drew Russian commanders to the battlefield, UK MoD says

Senior Russian commanders were drawn to the battlefield because of “failing performance on the front line” and “difficulties in command and control”, the British Ministry of Defense said in a Sunday briefing. intelligence briefing.

Commanders, who “rarely delegate operational authority to their subordinates” are likely to take the lead personally, he said in the regular Twitter update.

“Commanders’ forward deployment has exposed them to significant risk, leading to disproportionate losses of Russian officers in this conflict. This has resulted in a force that is slow to react to setbacks and unable to alter its approach on the battlefield. “, did he declare.

“However, it is not clear that the presence of these commanders on the battlefield led to a refined or modified operational concept,” he added. “Faulty planning assumptions and failures in sustainment continue to undermine Russia’s progress.”

At least 60 presumed dead after Russian airstrike on school

At least 60 people died after a Russian airstrike hit a school where people were sheltering in the eastern village of Bilohorivka, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Sunday.

Fires raged at the school after Saturday afternoon’s strike, Haidai said in a post on his Telegram channel that was translated by NBC News.

He said two people had been confirmed dead. Of the 30 people evacuated, seven were injured, he added.

“Most likely the 60 people who remained under the rubble of the buildings died,” Haidai said.

Russian missiles rain down on Odessa, Ukrainian military says

Jill Biden hears grief from Ukrainian mothers now in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania — Jill Biden on Saturday heard heartbreaking stories of Ukrainian women and children who fled war in Russia and found refuge across the Romanian border, and the US first lady praised the Romanian government and humanitarian organizations for the range of humanitarian assistance they are providing to refugees.

At a Romanian public school hosting refugee students, Biden saw firsthand the relief efforts to help some of the 900,000 Ukrainians who have fled to Romania since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Most of these Ukrainians have left for other countries, but many – mostly women and children – have remained as the fighting rages on.

“We’re on your side,” Biden told some students’ mothers after visiting classrooms where children ages 5 to 15 attend school.

500 hospitals damaged, dozens of doctors killed and injured since the start of the war, according to the Ukrainian Minister of Health

Ukraine’s health infrastructure has been badly damaged, in some cases beyond repair, Health Minister Viktor Liashko said.

Speaking on Ukrainian television, Liashko detailed the extent of the destruction and the toll of medical professionals in the weeks following Russia’s February 24 invasion.

“Since the start of the war, 10 of my colleagues (doctors) have been killed and more than 40 injured,” Liashko said.

More than 40 hospitals have also been destroyed and cannot be rebuilt and around 500 hospitals have been damaged and cannot provide treatment, he said.

“All of this violates the WHO motto: ‘Health for All’,” Liashko said.

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