Sickening footage of Russian troops reportedly shelling a humanitarian aid centre where civilians were standing in line waiting for help has emerged from Ukraine.
Five people are said to have been injured in the blast, which struck at Sievierodonetsk, in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk Oblast (province).
In the footage, the people outside the aid centre suddenly run for cover, apparently hearing the Russian shells whistling towards them.
One shell makes a direct hit on the centre, sending civilians sprawling.
Seconds later, another shell hits the other side of the street, destroying the front of a second building.
As the footage ends, one injured person can be seen slumped on the pavement in front of the aid centre.
Newsflash obtained the disturbing clip from the Ukrainian state news agency, Ukrinform, on 6th April.
According to local reports, residents were queuing for humanitarian aid when the centre was shelled by Russian troops.
Local police reported the incident on 6th April.
Meanwhile, the Russian attack on Sievierodonetsk reportedly led to fires in 10 high-rise buildings in the city.
Governor of Luhansk Oblast Serhiy Haidai, 46, said: “Once again, we are experiencing the cynical shelling of residential areas in Sievierodonetsk.
“Flames have engulfed 10 high-rise buildings, a shopping centre, garages, but no strategic military facilities.
“Russian ‘peace’ is destroying our way of life in Luhansk Oblast. Rescuers are extinguishing the fires and clearing the debris.”
Along with Sievierodonetsk, Russian troops also reportedly shelled the towns and cities of Lysychans’k, Rubizhne, Kreminna, Popasna, Gorske, Zolote and Novodruzhes’k.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” in the sovereign European country.
The United Nations’ International Court of Justice, in The Hague, has ordered Russia to stop its invasion and remove its troops from Ukrainian territory.
Today marks the 43rd day of the invasion.
From 24th February to 7th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at nearly 19,000 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 698 main battle tanks, 1,861 combat armoured vehicles, 332 artillery systems, 108 MLR systems, 55 anti-aircraft systems, 150 warplanes, 135 helicopters, 1,358 vehicles, seven vessels, 76 fuel tank trucks, 111 operational-tactical level UAVs, 25 units of special equipment, and four mobile SRBM systems.
Russia has shifted most of the focus of its invasion to eastern Ukraine, following a series of defeats near the capital, Kyiv.