Ukrainian shelling of bakery kills at least 20, traps dozens under rubble in Russia

Ukrainian shelling that hit a bakery in the eastern occupied city of Lysychansk killed at least 20 people and injured at least 10 on Saturday, Moscow-installed authorities said, warning that dozens could be trapped under the rubble.

Lysychansk, in the Lugansk region, fell to Russian forces after a brutal battle at the start of Moscow’s offensive in 2022.

Authorities said Kyiv’s forces struck a building housing a popular bakery.

“The Ukrainian army shelled a bakery in Lysychansk, there are civilians under the rubble,” Leonid Pasechnik, a Russian occupation official, said on Telegram.

“There could be dozens more under the rubble,” he said.

The TASS and RIA Novosti news agencies quoted a local Moscow-installed police source as saying at least two people were killed.

Pasechnik said local police and emergency services were at the scene and trying to “rescue victims with special equipment.”

RIA Novosti published a video of a heavily destroyed building, with emergency workers pulling out an entirely crushed car.

Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine has dragged on for nearly two years.

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