An entire city in eastern Ukraine has been wiped out in the Russian invasion, the regional governor said on Saturday.
“Russian-backed separatists claimed on Friday to have captured Volnovakha. Days of heavy bombardment from air and ground artillery assaults demolished much of the small but strategically important city of 21,000 people,” reports The Times.
Videos on social media showed Russian soldiers and armored vehicles in the city, surrounded by burnt-out buildings.
Most of the civilians living there had managed to escape before they arrived, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region.
“In general, Volnovakha with its infrastructure as such no longer exists,” he told the Ukrainian television channel Direct.
Russia bombarded cities across Ukraine on Saturday, pounding Mariupol in the south, and shelling the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv.
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