Five people were killed and 37 injured when a Russian missile struck a central square in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
People were on their way to church to celebrate a religious holiday when the strike took place, the ministry said, adding that eleven of those injured were children.
“A Russian rocket fell in the middle of the city, in our Chernihiv. A square, the Polytechnic University, a theater,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was in Sweden on a working visit, posted on Telegram.
“An ordinary Saturday that Russia turned into a day of pain and loss,” he added.
A short video that accompanied Zelenskyi’s entry showed debris strewn in a square in front of the regional theater, where parked cars were badly damaged. The video also briefly showed a body lying in a car.
Russia, as part of its full-scale invasion in February 2022, used missiles and drones to attack Ukrainian cities far from the front lines.