A Russian bomb that hit a school in eastern Ukraine this weekend killed 60 people, another event prompting the international community to sanction Moscow by giving up its oil.
“A total of 90 people were in the village of Bilogorivka at the time of the strike,” Lugansk region governor Sergey Gaidai reported yesterday on Russian-language television “Current Time”.
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He said 27 people were rescued and the temperature was very high after the explosion that “completely blew up” the school.
“I was hit by a plate, bent into a bullet,” a survivor told CNN, who chose not to identify himself.
” [Les civils] tried to take refuge in the building of an ordinary school,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “appalled” by the bombing, his spokesman said.
The event comes as Russia prepares for today’s celebrations of victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, which President Vladimir Putin often likens to the ongoing deadly conflict in Ukraine.
The day after the tragic attack on the school, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in Irpin, a battle-ravaged town on the outskirts of Kyiv.
“Vladimir Putin is responsible for these heinous war crimes” and “he will have to be held accountable,” he said.
As a sanction, the G7, an economic group made up of seven countries including Canada, decided yesterday to “phase out” Russian oil.
“The entire G7 committed today [hier] Ban or phase out imports of Russian oil,” the White House said in a statement.
On the European Union side, negotiations continued earlier this week in hopes of removing obstacles to the proposed European embargo on Russian oil, which is being hampered by Hungary.
“Giving up is not an option”
Attacks continue on the ground.
In Mariupol, an almost entirely Kremlin-controlled port city in southeastern Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers still resisting at Azovstal’s massive steelworks have ruled out a surrender.
“Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives. He doesn’t care about letting us live,” said Ilya Samoilenko, an intelligence officer.
– With Laurent Lavoie