Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in eastern Ukraine: authorities

Ukraine confirmed Monday night that Kreminna had fallen through Russian forces.


Russian strikes on Monday killed at least eight civilians in the disputed eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, local authorities said.

Four were killed when they tried to escape the city of Kremina, which was seized by Russian forces earlier Monday, Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday told Telegram.

“Several people tried to flee and the orcs (Russian forces) shot the car. Four people were killed instantly,” he said, adding that another person was injured.

Four other civilians were killed in a Russian bomb attack in the neighboring Donetsk region about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Kremina, according to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

“Two in Cod, one in Chandrigalove and one in Razdolne. Five other people were injured,” he told Telegram.

Russia has refocused its military efforts on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region after withdrawing troops from the region around the capital Kiev.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council, on Monday confirmed the Russian offensive in the east.

“Almost along the entire front line in the area of ​​Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkiv regions, the invaders tried to break through our defense,” he said.

“Fortunately, our army is holding on.”

Gaiday confirmed Monday night that Kreminna had fallen through Russian forces.

In Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv, three people were killed and 15 injured after a Russian bombing, according to regional governor Oleg Sinegubov.

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