Odesa, Mar 17 (EFE).- At least 21 people were killed and 25 wounded by Russian shelling in Merefa, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian authorities reported Thursday.
“According to the investigation, on March 17, 2022, at around 3:30 am, Russian troops launched an artillery attack on the town of Merefa in the Kharkiv region. As a result, a school and cultural center were destroyed. Twenty-one people were killed,” the Kharkiv regional prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Out of the 25 people injured, 10 are in critical condition, it added.
Emergency services are continuing the search for bodies under the rubble of the school and cultural buildings destroyed by the bombing.
Merefa sits outside Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, and is home to 21,500 residents. EFE