60 civilians killed in an attack in a school in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said about 60 people were killed in a bomb explosion in a school in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier, the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, said that 90 people had taken refuge in the Belhorivka building and 30 people were rescued.

Gaidai added that a Russian plane dropped the bomb on Saturday. There was no response from the Russian side to this.

The city of Luhansk witnessed bitter fighting as Russian forces and separatist fighters tried to surround government forces.

Much of the region has been under the control of Russian-backed separatists for the past eight years.

The village of Belhorivka, where the school was bombed, is located near the government city of Severodonetsk and on the outskirts of intensified fighting between the two sides on Saturday.

The Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska Pravda said the village had become a “hot spot” during last week’s fighting.

The governor of the region wrote on the Telegram website that the attack caused the building to collapse, which caught fire, and the fire brigade teams continued to shut it down for three hours.

Gaidai said nearly all of the village residents had taken refuge in the school basement, noting that the final death toll would be announced after the school’s ruins were cleared.