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Dozens Feared Dead After Russian Bomb Hits School in Ukraine

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Rescue teams working in the wreckage of the school bombed by Russia. Credit: Twitter/Serhiy Haidai

More than 60 people are now feared dead after a Russian bomb hit a school in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, the local governor says.

Some 90 local residents had been sheltering in the school in the village of Bilohorivka near the frontline in the Donbas region.

Regional governor Serhiy Haidai said a Russian plane had dropped the bomb on Saturday, but his accusation could not be independently verified and there was no immediate response from Russia.

The entire village in Ukraine used the school as a shelter

The blast brought down the building which caught fire. It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze, according to the governor, writing on Telegram.

He reported that nearly the entire village had been sheltering in the basement of the school.

The final death toll would be known only when the rubble had been cleared, he added.

Bilohorivka is close to the government-held city of Severodonetsk, where government forces are battling Russian troops and separatists.

Millions of Ukrainians have fled the Russian invasion

Russia’s 10-week-old war on Ukraine has killed thousands, destroyed cities, and driven five million Ukrainians to flee the country.

The besieged port city of Mariupol, a strategic target for Russian forces, has been virtually annihilated with the last 300 civilians trapped in the bombed-out Azovstal steelworks evacuated on Saturday.

Evacuation efforts on Sunday will now focus on getting the wounded and medics out of the steel plant.

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