Conflicts & War

Russian bombing in Ukraine’s Sumy kills at least 9

Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 8 (EFE).- At least nine people, including two children, have died in an overnight Russian airstrike on residential apartments in the northeastern Sumy city of Ukraine, authorities said Tuesday.

Russian planes “insidiously attacked apartment building” in the city on Monday night, the State Emergency Service said on its Telegram channel.

Rescue teams have pulled out nine bodies from the rubble of the destroyed buildings.

Regional administrative head Dmitro Zhyvytskyy said the dead included two children.

He said the Russian planes bombarded civilian neighborhoods of Sumy, home to 200,000 inhabitants near the Russian border.

“What kind of war and what rules in general can we talk about when the Russian Army kills, destroys, drops bombs on civilians,” Zhyvytskyy said.

Separately, four civilians have died in Mykolaiv near the Black Sea in southern Ukraine.

Authorities said rockets fell in the city, sparking 11 fires in a residential neighborhood.

Tuesday was the 13th day of the Ukraine war. Russian troops started marching into Ukraine on Feb.24.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Sunday that the casualty figures it has reported are likely to be a considerable underestimate of the real numbers.

The rights agency said 1,123 civilian casualties in Ukraine have been verified as of Mar.5. These include 364 dead, including 25 children, and 759 injured.

Most of the casualties have been caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and missile and airstrikes.


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