At least one person died Wednesday in the town of Mykolaivka, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine, following a reported Russian attack on a school used by residents as a shelter.
About 15 people were in the basement of the school, including two children and a disabled person, at the time of the strike.
A 63-year-old woman who worked as a security guard at the school was killed.
Rescuers and firefighters searched for her body for hours under the debris of the building. As rescuers began digging through the rubble, the victim’s daughter desperately ran to the collapsed building, while relatives and friends pulled her back and tried to comfort her.
Watching the scene was Mykola Moroz, 69, who survived the attack. He has slept in the school since the war began in February, because he feels it is a safe place to take refuge.
On Wednesday, he overslept and didn’t go out for his morning cigarette as usual. He said that probably saved his life.
After hearing the noise of the explosion and feeling its power, he remained in the basement with several others, until firefighters later came to their rescue.
Mykolaivka is a town located about 30 km (18.5 mi) from Lyman, a city occupied by the Russians and where Ukrainian forces are trying to advance.