Russian missiles destroy residential homes in Chernihiv as ‘disaster’ unfolds

Russia has stepped up its attack on Ukraine as the war enters its 30th day. The northern city of Chernihiv has become the target of Russian bombardment, with Moscow bombing civilian settlements, with missiles hitting residential homes.

A video allegedly released by emergency services shows Ukrainian authorities demonstrating the removal of Russian missile fragments from residential buildings, Belarusian news outlet NEXTA reported.

“Disaster Unfolds”

A local government official in Chernihiv said a “catastrophe” was unfolding as Moscow forces deliberately targeted sites where food was stored. An airstrike this week destroyed a crucial bridge, city council secretary Olexander Lomako said, estimating more than 130,000 people remained in the city, which had a population of 285,000 before the invasion. However, he claimed that Ukraine retains full control of the city.

Chernihiv was further isolated after a major pedestrian bridge over the Desna River was damaged by shelling, the local governor said on Friday.

The tall, narrow concrete bridge had become a vital link to the outside world after the main road bridge over the Desna was destroyed earlier this week by a Russian airstrike.

Ukraine says 300 people died in theater attack

About 300 people were killed in the Russian attack last week that hit a theater in Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said in what would make it the war’s deadliest attack on civilians to date.

The image emerging from the besieged city will certainly fuel allegations that Moscow committed war crimes by killing commoners, either deliberately or through indiscriminate shooting.

US President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser (NSA) said he was shocked by the bombing and said it showed a “brazen disregard for innocent lives”.

Meanwhile, the United States and the European Union on Friday announced new measures to economically squeeze the Putin administration. On Thursday, NATO members pledged to supply more weapons to Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Western pressure “a real hybrid war, total war… They are publicly declared – to destroy, smash, annihilate, strangle the Russian economy and Russia as a whole” .