Russian Airstrike on Ukrainian School Kills Four, Condemned as War Crime

According to the governor of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, a Russian airstrike was carried out on Monday, explicitly targeting a school in southern Ukraine. Tragically. This attack led to the loss of four precious lives – adults assembled at the school hoping to receive vital humanitarian assistance. Governor Yuriy Malashko condemned the incident as a “war crime.” The victims, three women and a man in their 40s lost their lives in the town of Orikhiv. Malashko claimed that a guided aerial bomb caused the explosion, although he did not provide any evidence. Eleven other individuals were injured in the attack.

The governor revealed that Russia had attacked 10 settlements in the province within a day, emphasizing that Moscow denies intentionally targeting civilian locations. However, Russia has faced repeated accusations of such actions and other war crimes since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asserting his accountability for the abductions of children from Ukraine.

Amidst ongoing investigations in Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, the International Center for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine, based in The Hague, is assisting. Zaporizhzhia province, which houses Europe’s largest nuclear power plant seized by Russian forces early in the conflict, was illegally annexed by Putin and three other Ukrainian regions last year. The Ukrainian counteroffensive aims to retake the province.

The Ukrainian presidential office reported that Russian aerial assaults persisted across Ukraine between Sunday and Monday, involving aircraft, missile systems, and heavy artillery targeting residential areas in multiple cities and villages. In addition. The Russian army targeted the regional capital of Kherson. This led to injuries sustained by a 66-year-old woman. Russia’s Defense Ministry also released a video featuring Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the military chief, marking his first appearance since a recent rebellion by a mercenary army leader who sought to oust him.

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