War in Ukraine: “The Slavs are killing the Slavs, who knows why or for what purpose”, report in Bilogorivka, at the heart of the Battle of Donbass

Bombings of schools – many of which have been turned into shelters where both Ukrainian civilians and military congregate – have become common in combat zones.

At a meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, the UN called for an end to the bombing of schools in Ukraine, while denouncing their use for military purposes. The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, called him “absurd“the accusations that Moscow was deliberately targeting schools.

In Bilogorivka’s, there is no longer any trace of life or body, not even in the least affected part of the cellar. The strike dug a very deep crater in the middle of the building. Only a golden survival blanket testifies to the efforts of the rescuers: the regional governor Serguiï Gaïdaï had indicated, the day after the bombardment, that 27 people had been rescued.

The strike came as the Russians have been trying for three weeks to cross the now strategic Siverskyi Donets River, which flows north of Bilogorika.

Ukrainian forces say they have repelled several Russian attempts to cross their tanks by establishing pontoons. And the British Ministry of Defense claimed on Friday that the Ukrainians had pushed back “with success“a Russian attempt to cross this river, inflicting heavy casualties on the Russian forces.

We are only four in this street

The latter crossed the river further west, as part of their push towards Kramatorsk, which became the administrative capital of the Ukrainian Donbass after the partial takeover of this mining basin by pro-Russian separatists in 2014.

But the Ukrainian resistance in Bilogorivka prevents them from completely encircling the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, today almost deserted, deprived of water and essential services, which form the last big pocket of Ukrainian resistance in this region of Lugansk.

I’d leave, but there’s no one to help me escape“, says Margarita Kovalenko, a neighbor of Guerassimenko in Bilogorivka.”There’s only four of us left on this street as far as I know“, adds Olga, Gerasimenko’s wife.”The three of us – who stayed together in the cellar all the time – and a young man at the end of the street“.

The article is in French

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