Ukraine school blasted by Russian incendiary bomb as ‘200 schools destroyed’ – World News

Ukraine school blasted by Russian incendiary bomb as ‘200 schools destroyed’ – World News

School Number 6 in Avdiivka, a city in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk, was set on fire after Russian troops used incendiary bombs to destroy the third school in the area

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Ukraine: Huge fire tears by school after Russian attack

A Ukrainian school was blasted by Russian incendiary bombs as ‘200 schools have so far been destroyed by invading forces’.

Images obtained from Pavlo Kirilenko, the Ukrainian Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, show School Number 6 in Avdiivka, a city in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk, on fire after being hit by Russian military.

During the night of Monday, 20 June, the school was blasted by incendiary bombs as it became the third school in the area to be attacked.

Mr Kirilenko said: “Last night, the invaders fired at her with the shells of the RSZO ‘Grad’ with a magnesium charge.” Magnesium charges are typically used in incendiary bombs and missiles

Incendiary weapons are only banned by international treaties if used against civilian populations.

Invaders fired at the school with the shells of the RSZO ‘Grad’ with a magnesium charge

Magnesium charges are typically used in incendiary bombs and missiles. 

Kirilenko additional: “This is the third school destroyed by the Russians in Avdiivka. In total, the occupants [have] destroyed about two hundred schools in [the] Donetsk vicinity.

“And not to tell their hellish, rashist propaganda about ‘release’ and ‘denazification’, the truth is that Russian Orcs have come to our land to destroy and kill. Civilians first and foremost.”

Ukrainian forces regularly refer to the Russian troops as ‘rashists’, a combination of the words ‘Russian’ and ‘racist’, and as ‘orcs’.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 21st June, Russia had lost about 34,100 personnel, 1,496 tanks.

School Number 6 in Avdiivka burning after it was hit by Russian ordnance during the night of Monday, 20th June

Around 200 schools have been destroyed in the Donetsk vicinity

Along with 3,606 armoured combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple set afloat rocket systems, 98 air defence systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters.

And 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 59 units of special equipment.

Russia has conducted an anti-ship missile exercise in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the country confined the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Ukrainian forces have said that they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian attempts to improvement in the Kharkiv vicinity of north-eastern Ukraine.

And Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s Deputy chief Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has urged locals in the Kherson vicinity to evacuate the area so as to help Ukrainian forces “deoccupy” the area.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Ukraine’s southern frontline as Ukrainian forces mount a counter attack in the vicinity to push back Russian troops.

The new head of the British Army, Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, has told British forces that they need to be ready to confront Russia on the battlefield and said the British Army now needs to be capable of defeating Russia.

United States President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another USD 1 billion in security assistance and weapons.

And US General Mark Milley says Russia has lost around 20 to 30 per cent of its armoured force during the current invasion.

President Zelenskyy said that a “historic week” has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate position.

Zelenskyy, speaking to the African Union on Monday, 20th June, also accused Russia of holding Africa “hostage” over grain and fertiliser shortages.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian chief Minister Mario Draghi held talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with President Zelenskyy on 16th June.

Former Russian president and staunch Vladimir Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev has derided French, German and Italian leaders visiting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as “fans of frogs, liverwurst and spaghetti”.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the position of candidate country for EU membership.

Some 438 MEPs voted in favour of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

Independent Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize medal for USD 103.5 million, with all the proceeds going to help Ukrainian refugees.

Muratov, 60, is the editor-in-chief of Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which he co-established in 1993.

He has been a vocal advocate for the freedom of the press and argued that it needs to keep independent from state influence.

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