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Russia pounds Donetsk, Luhansk; at least 21 killed
May 4, 2022
Regional governor says death toll is the highest since Russia bombed the Kramatorsk railway station a month ago.
Russian attacks in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region have killed at least 21 civilians and injured 27, the highest daily death toll in a month, according to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Writing on Telegram, Kyrylenko said at least 10 people were killed after the Russians shelled the Avdiivka coke plant, one of Europe’s largest. Five more people were killed in the town of Lyman, four in the town of Vuhledar and one each in the villages of Velyka Novosilka and Shandrygolove, he said.
“For every crime committed on our land, the Russians will be punished,” Kyrylenko said.
Attacks and shelling also intensified in Luhansk, and was particularly severe around Popasna, where it was impossible to organise evacuations, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said.
“There are no safe cities in Luhansk region,” he said on Telegram.
Russian forces have turned their heaviest firepower on Ukraine’s east and south after failing to take Kyiv, the capital, as Moscow tries to limit Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea, vital for its grain and metal exports.
Kyrylenko said the strike on Avdiivka came as “the workers had just finished their shift and were waiting at the bus stop for a bus to take them home from the factory”.
“The Russians knew where they were aiming.”
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, who is in eastern Ukraine and recently visited the facility, said the plant was not fully operational because of the fighting, but that there would still have been hundreds of workers. Casualty figures were likely to rise, he said.
Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry said its forces had struck a military airfield near the southern Black Sea port of Odesa and had destroyed drones, missiles and ammunition supplied to Ukraine by its allies in the United States and Europe. Ukraine said three missiles targeted the Odesa region and all were intercepted.
Pummelled by Western sanctions, Russia faces new measures from the EU that would target its oil industry and banks, and are expected to be revealed later on Wednesday.