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Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid the rubble of a building heavily damaged by multiple Russian bombardments near a frontline in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday, April 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid the rubble of a building heavily damaged by multiple Russian bombardments near a frontline in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday, April 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Eight civilians die following Russian shelling attacks in Donetsk and Kharkiv, the regions’ governors say, as Moscow’s forces push deeper into eastern Ukraine.

The deaths come as the Russian army refocuses its efforts on eastern Ukraine, notably the Donbas region, which incorporates Donetsk and Lugansk.

Four are killed in shelling in the town of Lyman in Donetsk, the regional governor says.

“On May 1, four civilians were killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk region, all in Lyman. Eleven other people were injured,” Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko says on Telegram.

Another person dies of his injuries in a town near Lyman, he adds.

Lyman, a former railway hub known as the “red town” for its redbrick industrial buildings, is expected to be one of the next places to fall to the Russian army after Ukrainian forces withdrew.

Over the past 24 hours, Russian forces appear to have made notable advances around the town, advancing on their positions by several kilometers, an AFP team in the area said.

Another three people are killed in shelling on residential areas in and around Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, the regional governor Oleg Synegubov says on Telegram.

“As a result of these shellings, unfortunately, three people were killed and eight civilians were injured,” he says.

The Ukrainian army has also withdrawn from Kharkiv, its troops now in outlying positions, according to AFP journalists who recently visited the city.

President Volodymyr Zelensky recently acknowledged that the situation was “difficult” in Donbas, the eastern Ukrainian mining basin that has become the priority target of Russian troops, who invaded Ukraine on 24 February.

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