Seven dead and 129 injured in Ukraine: drone exhibition apparently took place in a theater that was shelled

Seven dead and 129 injured in Ukraine: drone exhibition apparently took place in a theater that was shelled

By Russian shelling people were said to have been killed and injured in the city of Chernihiv on Saturday. Through the attack is also one polytechnic university and a theater have been takenUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram.

Zelenskyj shared a video showing the destruction after the shelling and wrote: “That’s what happens when your neighbor is a terrorist state.” Russia would have turned an “ordinary Saturday” into a day of pain and loss.

The mayor of the city, Oleksandr Lomako, According to the report, there are seven dead, including a child. According to official information, 129 other people are said to have been injured.

According to the footage, the theater is the Shevchenko Theater in the center of the city. Apparently, an exhibition of Ukrainian drones by the volunteer organization Victory Drones was taking place in the theater at the time of the shelling. This is reported by the Ukrainian news agency “Unian”.

Public events are always a risk and a lottery.

Hanna Maljar, Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine

“Victory Drones” is one of the three largest voluntary organizations in Ukraine dealing with the donation-financed purchase of drones. An invitation published by Ukrainian media according to the exhibition started on Saturday at ten o’clock.

It states that it takes place “in a safe city”. For security reasons, the location of the event was only announced four hours before the start.

After it became known that the drone exhibition took place in the theater, the city administration of Chernihiv commented on Telegram and announced that the event had not been coordinated with the city authorities. “No permits have been issued.” So far, nothing is known about damage to drones.

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar, meanwhile, indirectly commented on the Russian attack: “Public events are always a risk and a lottery, whether or not information about them is made public.” No place in Ukraine is safe, only air raid shelters are, wrote Maljar on Telegram.

The chief of the military administration of Chernihiv, Vyacheslav Tschaus, According to the projectile, it is said to have been a ballistic missile. However, this information has not yet been independently confirmed. Emergency services worked on site.

Meanwhile, a video was circulating on relevant Telegram channelswhich apparently shows the moment of the missile impact in the theater. A massive explosion can be seen in the background of the video.

The air alert had previously been triggered in seven oblasts in Ukraine. In addition to the Chernihiv region, these included the Sumy, Poltava and Kiev Oblast regions.


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