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Lysychansk, in the Luhansk region, was taken by the Russians in 2022, at the start of Moscow's offensive. (File photo)

Agence France-Presse

Ukrainian bombing hits bakery in occupied eastern city of Lyssychansk country, left at least 11 dead, Russian occupation authorities announced.

Lysychansk, in the Luhansk region, fell to Russian forces after a brutal battle at the start of Moscow's offensive in 2022.

According to pro-Russian authorities, Ukrainian forces hit a building in which a busy bakery was located and the toll is expected to rise, with other victims possibly under the rubble.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Unfortunately, 11 people died, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry wrote on Telegram.

Rescue operations will continue during the night, according to the same source, who added that rescuers have so far rescued 10 people from the rubble and handed them over to doctors.

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Leonid Pasechnik, the Russian-installed governor of Luhansk, accused Kiev forces of targeting the bakery which he said is known for have fresh bread on the weekends.

RIA Novosti published a video of a destroyed building in which we also see rescuers coming out of rubble of a completely crushed car.

The one-story building bore a large sign with the name Restaurant Adriatic and appeared completely destroyed, reduced to rubble.

The pro-Russian authorities specified that one injured person in serious condition had been hospitalized in the city of Lugansk, where three other injured people would join him.

Leonid Pasechnik said local police and rescue services were on site and trying to rescue the victims with special equipment.

Lyssychansk had a population of some 111,000 people before the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

Russian forces took control of it in the summer of 2022, as did its twin city of Severodonetsk, after one of the most brutal battles since the start of its offensive in February 2022.

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Women from the “Way Home” movement demand the return of soldiers from the Ukrainian front.

Russian police briefly detained at least twenty journalists on Saturday during of a rally organized near the Kremlin by wives of soldiers fighting in Ukraine, who demand the return of their husbands from the front.

An AFP videographer arrested during this demonstration indicated that around 20 or 25 journalists, all men, found themselves with him in a police van and were taken to a police station for police records. ;identity.

About three hours later, all of these journalists were released after receiving a warning from the Russian Interior Ministry, according to the AFP videographer.

Among those arrested were several employees of foreign media, including the Canadian news agency Reuters, the Dutch media NOS, the German magazine Der Spiegel and an independent reporter French.

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Arrests during the demonstration of the wives of Russian soldiers mobilized in the war in Ukraine.

Before these arrests, between 40 and 50 mobilized women had placed flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the walls of the Kremlin, near Red Square.

According to the independent media SOTA Vision, some arrests of people demonstrating against the military mobilization also took place in front of the headquarters of Vladimir Putin's electoral campaign for the presidential election in Moscow.

On Telegram, in the morning, the Moscow prosecutor's office warned of potential prosecution for participation in unauthorized demonstrations.

For several weeks, wives of soldiers mobilized to fight in Ukraine have regularly gathered in protest.

The anger of relatives of the reservists mobilized on the orders of Vladimir Putin in September 2022 is a sensitive subject for the authorities, who have until now been careful not to repress this emerging rebellious movement.

Several groups on social networks intended for relatives of mobilized soldiers have emerged in recent months. One of the most active, named Pout Domoï (The way home), calls for demonstrations every Saturday.

Previously, during In other demonstrations of this type in Moscow, the police did not intervene, although any start of protest is usually severely repressed in Russia.

The activism of mobilized women has been largely ignored by Russian state media as the Kremlin is keen to display an image of unity around Mr Putin before his inevitable re-election during the presidential election in March 2024.

According to Vladimir Putin, 244,000 mobilized troops are currently fighting in Ukraine out of a total force of 617,000 men.

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