« Footage captured on Thursday shows rescuers searching through rubble in the aftermath of shelling in the village of Hroza in Ukraine’s Krahkiv Region.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy an ‘ordinary grocery store’ was destroyed in the strikes which left ‘more than 48 dead’.
“My condolences to all those who have lost loved ones! Assistance is provided to the wounded,” he posted on his Telegram channel while visiting Spain to shore up military support from the European Union.
According to regional governor, Oleh Synyehubov, ‘six people, including one child, were injured’.
“Doctors provide them with the necessary assistance. Rescue operations are ongoing at the site,” he reported.
In a later Telegram post, Synyehubov confirmed that one of the wounded had ‘died in the hospital’, bringing the death toll to 50.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied attacking civilian infrastructure during the conflict with Ukraine.
At the time of publication, Moscow has not commented on the shelling of Hroza, although the Russian Defence Ministry reported via a daily briefing that its Western Group of Forces had ‘inflicted fire damage on the 25th airborne, 14th, and 115th mechanized brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ in the Kupyan direction.
Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.
Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and the US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow. »