Bilohorivka school bombing

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Bilohorivka school bombing
Part of the Battle of Donbas (2022)
School in Bilohorivka after Russian shelling, 2022-05-08 (01) cropped.jpg
LocationBilohorivka, Ukraine
Coordinates48°55′39″N 38°14′46″E / 48.92750°N 38.24611°E / 48.92750; 38.24611Coordinates: 48°55′39″N 38°14′46″E / 48.92750°N 38.24611°E / 48.92750; 38.24611
Date7 May 2022
Deaths2 (confirmed)
60 (estimates)

On 7 May 2022, a school in Bilohorivka, Luhansk Oblast, was bombed by Russian forces during the Battle of Sievierodonetsk[1] in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The death of at least two people was confirmed while authorities said the actual death toll was close to 60.[2]

About ninety people were sheltering inside the building's basement at the time,[3] which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said was the majority of the village's population.[1] The building was hit by a Russian airstrike, setting the building on fire and trapping large numbers of people inside.[4]

At least 30 people were rescued.[5] Two people were confirmed to have been killed, but Governor of Luhansk Oblast Serhiy Haidai said that the 60 remaining people were believed to have been killed.[6][7]

Reactions

The attack was condemned by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry,[3] and UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, who said he was "appalled" by the attack.[8][9]

Liz Truss, the British foreign secretary, said that she was "horrified" and described the attack as constituting war crimes.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Ukraine war: 60 people killed after bomb hits school, Zelensky says". BBC News. 8 May 2022. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  2. ^ Reuters (8 May 2022). "Bombing of school in Ukraine kills two, dozens more feared dead, governor says". Reuters. Archived from the original on 8 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Up to 60 feared dead after Russia bombs school in eastern Ukraine". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Sixty feared dead in Ukraine school bombed by Russia, governor says". Reuters. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Azovstal Defenders Vow To Fight Until The End, Saying, 'We Don't Have Much Time'". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  6. ^ Becatoros, Elena; Gambrell, Jon. "60 feared dead in Russian strike on school in eastern Ukraine". www.timesofisrael.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Ukraine war: 60 people killed after bomb hits school, Zelensky says". bbc.com. BBC News. 9 May 2022. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  8. ^ Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Ukraine, un.org, 8 May 2022, archived from the original on 10 May 2022, retrieved 9 May 2022
  9. ^ "Ukraine: UN chief condemns school attack; welcomes new evacuees from Mariupol". UN News. 8 May 2022. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  10. ^ Liz Truss condemns Russian ‘war crime’ after Ukrainian school destroyed, Evening Standard, 8 May 2022, archived from the original on 10 May 2022, retrieved 9 May 2022
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