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Death toll in Ukraine attack on bakery in Russian-occupied Luhansk region rises to 28

Moscow, Feb 4 (EFE).- The death toll in a Ukrainian attack against a bakery in the occupied eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk climbed to 28, Russia’s ministry for emergency situations announced Sunday.

“Employees of the Russian ministry of emergency situations rescued 10 people. Unfortunately, 28 people, including one child, died,” the ministry said in an official statement.

Among those killed were 18 men, 9 women and a child, while four people sustained serious injuries and are in intensive care, the ministry added.

The two-story building in the city of Lysychansk, which had a population of about 100,000 before the start of the war, collapsed due to shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces, the Russian ministry said.

Rescue operations were conducted throughout the night and will continue on Sunday as well, since emergency personnel have only searched through 65 percent of the rubble, it added.

The head of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, initially said that dozens of people could be trapped in the building.

Pasechnik, who declared Sunday a day of mourning, denounced the previous day a massive attack against the city, under Russian control since July 2022.

Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Saturday called on international organizations to “unconditionally condemn” the Ukrainian attack.

Zakharova said that the strike carried out using Western weapons, according to preliminary data, was an expression of Ukraine’s “gratitude” for the “generous” 50 billion euro aid package approved by the European Union this week.

In mid-January, a similar attack left around 30 civilians dead and around 20 injured in a market in the capital of Donetsk region, also occupied by Russia. EFE

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