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Russians hit centre of Chernihiv with missile, killing and wounding civilians

Saturday, 19 August 2023, 13:56
Russians hit centre of Chernihiv with missile, killing and wounding civilians
The attack on the Drama Theater in Chernihiv, photo by the Ministry of Internal Affairs from Igor Klymenko's Telegram

On the morning of 19 August, Russian troops hit the centre of Chernihiv, probably with a ballistic missile.  There are civilians killed and wounded.

Source: Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the Chernihiv Oblast Military Administration; Suspilne Chernihiv; Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; President Volodymyr Zelenskyy; Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs 

Quote from Chaus: "The enemy attacked the centre of Chernihiv. Probably with a ballistic missile. Stay in shelters. [We will provide] details later."

Quote from Klymenko: "It was a holiday morning on Saturday. People were leaving the church with baskets filled with consecrated apples... As of 13:00, we had established that 42 people were affected as a result of the Russian attack on the Chernihiv Music and Drama Theatre. Five people were killed. 37 people were wounded, including 11 children. All of them are receiving medical assistance."

Details: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who left for Sweden, published a video from the scene.

"The square, the polytechnic university and the theatre. Russia turned an ordinary Saturday into a day of pain and loss. There are people who have been killed and wounded. My condolences to those who have lost their relatives," Zelenskyy wrote on social media, commenting on the attack on the centre of Chernihiv.

The president promised to work on the greater world’s consolidation against Russian terror.

Psychologists from the State Emergency Service, rescue workers and all the necessary forces and assets are on the scene.

The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported a missile threat to Chernihiv, Poltava and Sumy oblasts – and later also the threat of Russian attack drones in Chernihiv oblast.

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