At least five people were killed and as many injured after Ukrainian forces shelled a bus in the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, Russia’s TASS news agency reported on Friday.
Russian-installed authorities in the region said the strike took place as the bus drove civilians across a bridge near the village of Darivka.
Reuters was not able to independently verify the report.
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Videos shared by the Russian armed forces news outlet Zvezda showed the burnt out wreckage of what appeared to be the chassis of a bus and a badly-damaged van behind it with smoke pouring out its front compartment.
“Ambulance crews promptly arrived at the scene and provided emergency medical treatment to the victims,” a Telegram channel run by the Russian-installed health authorities said.
The Daryivskiy bridge, which spans nearly 100 meters (yards), is one of the only Russian-controlled crossings across the Inhulets river, a tributary of the vast Dnipro.
The bridge is strategically important as it joins two Russian-occupied areas of the region and is just 20 kilometers (12 miles) north-east of Kherson city.
It has come under shelling at least twice and Ukrainian forces said in August they had put it out of action.
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