Bodies of 87 found as Ukraine suffers highest death toll from Russian attack – World News

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 87 bodies were discovered under the ruins of the Desna training center after a Russian missile attack

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

87 people were killed in a Russian airstrike, probably Ukraine’s highest military death toll in a single attack.

Russian troops attacked a barracks housing troops at a training base in the Chernihiv region of northern Ukraine.

While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not specify whether the victims of the Desna attack were military or civilians, he is likely linked to the May 17 attack on a military training center.

“Today we completed the work in Desna. Unfortunately, the statistics are as follows: 87 victims under the rubble in Desna,” President Zelensky said during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“87 bodies, victims killed. The future of Ukraine will miss these people.”

A crater can be seen in the courtyard of a site amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at Desna, near Chernihiv



On May 17, a Russian military spokesman said long-range, high-precision missiles hit Ukrainian reserve forces at a training center near Desna in northern Ukraine’s Chernihiv region and at another location.

In March, Russian forces carried out a similar attack on a military base in Yaraviv in western Ukraine, but the Desna attack more than doubled the number of casualties.

The second largest number followed an attack on the Kramatorsk railway station that killed about 52 people.

Ukrainian authorities also said they believe hundreds were trapped under the rubble of a theater in Mariupol after a bomb attack in March, but could not confirm the number of deaths.

Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a fire after Russian rockets hit a school in eastern Ukraine’s Lugansk region on May 7


Ukrainian state emergency service)

The governor of Chernihiv said Tuesday the war is not over and has not left the region.

He urged residents to “be careful” and listen for air raid sirens.

Chernihiv, a city of around 300,000 people less than 60 miles from the Russian and Belarusian borders, has been the target of some of the most brutal bombings by Putin’s forces.

For over a month, the Russian military aimed to besiege the city, raining down bombs on residents.

In March, pictures showed trenches being dug to make room for hundreds of bodies in an unused field on the outskirts of the Yalovshchina Cemetery in the city of Chernihiv.

Ukrainian soldiers get ready at a checkpoint to move to the front


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During the campaign’s peak in March, up to fifty people were killed each day, with civilians shamelessly attacked while queuing for food.

Human Rights Watch said in a report that Russian forces controlling the Chernihiv region executed, tortured and subjected civilians to other ill-treatment.

A siege on the city lasted thirty-nine days and the city’s mayor said scores of civilians died as a result of the freezing temperatures, lack of medical care and shortages of food and medicine.

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