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Russia says 28 dead, including one child, after shelling at bakery in occupied Ukraine

Emergency responders retrieve bodies from the rubble of a devastated building following a Ukrainian attack on the city of Lysychansk (Russian Emergencies Ministry)
Emergency responders retrieve bodies from the rubble of a devastated building following a Ukrainian attack on the city of Lysychansk (Russian Emergencies Ministry)

At least 28 people have died in a Russian-occupied city after shelling hit a bakery.

Vladimir Putin-appointed officials in Lysychansk, traditionally part of Ukraine’s Luhansk oblast, said that one child is among those to have died.

Moscow-loyal leader Leonid Pasechnik wrote in a statement on Telegram on Sunday that a further 10 people have been rescued.

"The search and rescue operation continues," the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app.

A crane lifts a destroyed vehicle from under the rubble as a damaged building (via REUTERS)
A crane lifts a destroyed vehicle from under the rubble as a damaged building (via REUTERS)

They blamed Ukraine for the shelling, but officials in Kyiv did not comment on the incident.

Both Moscow and Kyiv have increasingly relied on longer-range attacks this winter amid largely unchanged positions on the 930-mile front line in the nearly two-year-old war.

The military administration for Ukraine's Sumy region said on Sunday that Russian forces had shelled the region in 16 separate attacks the previous day, firing on the border communities of Yunakivka, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, and Esman.

Russia took control of Lysychansk in July 2022 after months of heavy fighting. Only about a tenth of Lysychansk's pre-war population of 110,000 remain in the city, according to Ukrainian officials.

From the design and colour of the building and a sign matching file imagery of the area, Reuters was able to confirm the location of a video the Russian emergencies ministry shared.

It matches a location on Google maps identified as the Adriatic Restaurant on Moskovska Street, Lysychansk.