Conflicts & War

Russian bombs kill 33; Putin: Ukrainians using civilians as human shields

Moscow, Mar 3 (EFE).- At least 33 people were killed Thursday in Russian bombardment of a residential area in the north central city of Chernihiv, Ukrainian authorities said, while Russian President Vladimir Putin accused “neo-Nazi” forces in Ukraine of using civilians people as “human shields.”

“As of 6:20 pm (16:20 GMT), the bodies of 33 dead and 18 wounded people have been pulled out of rubble caused by air strikes,” the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said.

Chernihiv authorities said several buildings were damaged in a Russian airstrike on the center of the city.

“There are no military facilities nearby, only hospitals, schools and kindergartens,” the head of the Chernihiv Regional State Administration, Viacheslav Chaus, wrote on Telegram.

In Moscow, Putin said during a televised session of Russia’s Security Council that the “special military operation” in Ukraine was going “according to plan”.

The Kremlin leader described Russian soldiers as “real heroes” and accused Ukraine of using thousands of foreign nationals as hostages.

He said Russian troops were providing humanitarian corridors for civilians to flee, contrary to what Ukraine has said, and insisted that Ukrainians and Russians were “one people.” EFE


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