Ukraine-Russia war updates: At least 20 people killed in assault on Kharkiv school, officials say


A view shows a school building destroyed by an airstrike, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in the town of Merefa, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released March 17, 2022.

Twenty-one people have been killed by Russian attack that destroyed a school and a community centre in Merefa, near Kharkiv, AP reported.

Merefa Mayor Veniamin Sitov said the attack took place just before dawn on Thursday.

Hundreds of civilians are feared trapped inside a theatre which has been smashed by a Russian airstrike in the besieged city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said.

A photo released by Mariupol’s city council showed an entire section of the 3-story theatre — where the civilians had taken shelter — collapsed after the strike on Wednesday evening.

However, some hope emerged as one of the officials said some people had managed to survive the strike.


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