Amid the devastating conflict in Europe, which has inflicted massive casualties on the warring Kremlin and kyiv, a football stadium in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv was destroyed in Russian airstrikes. Republic TV’s Shawan Sen report from the site of the incident informed that the stadium was targeted on the intervening nights of April 7 and 8.
Stadium visuals showed debris strewn across the floor while chairs and other equipment were damaged. According to reports, six to eight missiles were launched on and around the ground. A huge crater also formed in the middle of the stadium.
The visible devastation suggests that the ground is highly unlikely to be used for football matches in the near future. The stadium is believed to have belonged to West Ham United star Andriy Yarmolenko’s boyhood club, who play in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Ukrainian emergency teams recover bodies in Chernihiv
On Saturday, Ukraine’s state emergency service released video from the village of Lukashivka in the Chernihiv region showing a demolished church and the body of a man on the ground.
Emergency services said bodies of civilians had been abandoned by the Russian military. The video also shows a heavily destroyed church which local sources say was temporarily used by Russian troops as a base.
The emergency service is carrying out a clearing operation in the territories that were under the control of Russian troops after their invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian forces regained control of Lukashivka and the nearby village of Yahidne in early April and cleared the area of explosives
Meanwhile, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently said more than 4.5 million people have fled the war-stricken country since the invasion began on February 24. According to the UN agency, Europe is witnessing a massive refugee crisis for the first time since World War II. UNHCR said 90% of refugees are women and children, with men between the ages of 18 and 60 not allowed to leave the country to join the armed forces.
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