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Putin the Butcher: Russian Missiles Hit a Kindergarten in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine keeps getting worse by the day – and more innocent people keep dying thanks to Putin’s aggression.

Russian Tu-160 bomber. Image Credit - Creative Commons.
Russian Tu-160 bomber. Image Credit - Creative Commons.

VIDEO: Russian Strikes Destroy Kindergarten In Bakhmut, Ukraine – Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko confirmed on Wednesday that 2 civilians were killed and 11 injured on Tuesday night following Russian strikes in the region.

According to the governor, Russian shelling hit a kindergarten and residential buildings in Bakhmut following days of strikes in the region.

Photographs shared online showed the kindergarten and residential buildings with huge clouds of dust and smoke emerging from them on Wednesday morning in Ukraine.

Video footage also emerged online showing a Ukrainian soldier standing outside of the kindergarten building sometime after the strike.

The footage shows the building engulfed in fire with huge clouds of smoke and dust surrounding the building.

Online geolocation experts located the building at 48.577048, 37.965881, which is in the southwestern part of the city of Bakhmut, on the eastern side of the T0504 highway.

Zaporizhzhia Hit By Strikes Overnight

Video footage also emerged on Wednesday showing the damage caused by Russian strikes in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

One clip published by Zaporizhzhia Governor Oleksandr Starukj and shared by The Kyiv Independent on Twitter showed a large crater in the ground with a fire in the center. The fire appears to be coming from a burst gas pipe.

“Zaporizhzhia Oblast Governor Oleksandr Starukh reported that Russian forces launched a missile at one of the settlements in the region. A gas distribution point was hit, and a fire broke out,” The Kyiv Independent writes on Twitter.

Starukh reportedly confirmed that the fire was put out and the strikes caused no casualties, despite being targeted at a residential area.

Ukraine Forced Into “Trench Warfare” in Bakhmut

As Russia continues to bombard Ukraine with massive missile and drone strike campaigns, soldiers in Bakhmut have resorted to engaging in trench warfare as Russian troops attempt to take control of the city.

A key, strategic territory in the Donbas region, Bakhmut remains a target for Russians following a series of major setbacks in the contested region of Ukraine.

Photographs shared online supported claims from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Monday that suggested Russia was continuing to launch attacks on the city, with battle lines having barely moved over the last few months.

The photographs show Ukrainian soldiers in hastily-dug trenches – not fitted with any supporting planks or floor planks – launching a reconnaissance drone.

Russian troops also appear to have dug the same trenches in the city. Ukraine’s Air Assault command revealed this week that the 71st Separate Hunting Brigade had been deployed to the outskirts of the city to assist soldiers pushing back against Russian assaults.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.