Twenty-one people were killed by Russian artillery, which destroyed a school and community center in Merefe, near the northeastern city of Kharkiv, officials said. Merefa Mayor Benjamin Sitau said the attack took place on the eve of dawn on Thursday.

Kharkiv region, like most other large settlements ush Ukrainesaw heavy bombing as Russian troops stopped try to advance in the area.

The view shows a school building destroyed by an air strike in the city of Merefa
The school building, destroyed in an air strike during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in the city of Merefa, Kharkiv region of Ukraine, can be seen in the handout photo published on March 17, 2022.

Press Service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine / Handouts / REUTERS

Earlier this week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke with the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, in an attempt to help people in her district understand what is happening in Ukraine and inform her counterpart that more supplies and aid are coming. .

“Strikes from the sky – every day and every hour,” Mayor Igor Terekhov told Lightfoot in a video call, part of which is on air. CBS Chicago. “Bombs (in) peaceful homes. Victims are everywhere. ”

“We will continue to send all the help we can,” Lightfoot told him.

Apartment building damaged by shelling in the second largest city in Ukraine Kharkiv, March 8, 2022.


Chernihiv, southeast of Kharkiv, has also been hit by Russian missile and artillery strikes for weeks. The Emergency Situations Service of Ukraine reported that a dormitory was shelled there, killing its mother, father and three children, including 3-year-old twins.

Chernihiv police said on Facebook that Russia’s military attack on the city on Wednesday alone killed at least 53 people, including 10. This was reported by the US Embassy in Ukraine were shot while “standing in line for bread.”

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