Donbas war: Russia-backed militants fire school, 30 children hide in basement

February 17, Russian occupation forces targeted a lyceum in the village of Vrubivka in the Luhansk region (territory is controlled by Kyiv). During the class, 30 students were forced to hide in a school basement. The local administration reported about it.

“At about 10:25 a.m., the village of Vrubivka became a target of shelling, as a result of which one of the shells hit the yard of the Vrubivka lyceum. At the time of the shelling, 30 students and 14 staff members were inside,” reads the message.

“In addition, 70 apartments in high-rise buildings and 96 private houses are left without gas supply, as the hostile forces fired with 122-mm mortars, prohibited by the Minsk agreements,” the local administration informs.

Since the beginning of the day, the militants have violated the ceasefire 29 times.

Earlier today, Russian occupation troops fired Stanytsia Luhanska, a Kyiv-controlled settlement in the Luhansk region, with heavy artillery weapons. The shells hit the building of a kindergarten. Two civilians were injured.

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The local infrastructure was also damaged, half of the settlement suffers from the power outage. The servicemen of the Joint Forces Operation promptly evacuated civilians to a shelter. Local train station, as well as locomotive depot came under shelling too. The station and depot workers were not injured. One diesel locomotive was damaged. Depot buildings were targeted as well.

According to the latest data, about 140,000 Russian troops are concentrated at the borders of Ukraine. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense does not record the real withdrawal of Russian troops, as claimed by the Kremlin. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

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According to UNICEF, ever 14,000 people have been killed. Nearly 3 million Ukrainians, including a million elderly people and half a million children, urgently need food, shelter, and other life-saving assistance. An estimated, 1.8 million people in eastern Ukraine require humanitarian assistance. Many residents in Luhansk and Donetsk provinces had to leave their homes after Russian forces invaded.