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Ukrainian shelling in Eastern occupied city kills at least eight, Russia says

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A Ukrainian attack on the eastern occupied city of Lysychansk killed at least eight people and wounded 10 others, Moscow-installed authorities said Saturday, adding that there were likely more dead in the rubble underneath a bakery that was struck.

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Lysychansk, in the Lugansk region, fell to Russian forces after a brutal battle six months into Moscow’s offensive in 2022.

Russia’s forces said that Ukraine had struck a building housing a popular bakery and that it believed more victims were buried in the rubble.

“According to current data as a result of the shelling of a bakery in Lysychansk eight people died and 10 were wounded with varying degrees of severity,” the Russian-installed health minister of the Lugansk region, Natalia Pashchenko, said on Telegram.

“Rescuers have also found, preliminarily, around 10 people under the rubble. There are dead among them, too,” she added.

The Moscow-installed governor of Lugansk, Leonid Pasechnik, said Kyiv had targeted a bakery that was known to have fresh bread on weekends.

RIA Novosti published a video of a heavily damaged building, with emergency workers pulling out an entirely crushed car.

The one-storey building had a large sign on it that read “Restaurant Adriatic” and appeared entirely destroyed and covered in rubble. 

Moscow-installed authorities said one wounded man in a “serious condition” was taken to hospital in the city of Lugansk, where three other wounded people would also be taken. 

Pasechnik said local police and emergency services were at the scene and trying to “rescue victims with special equipment”.

Lysychansk had a population of around 111,000 people before Russia’s offensive.

Russia took control of it and its twin city of Severodonetsk in summer 2022 after some of the most brutal battles of its almost two-year offensive.

(AFP)

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