Ukraine sees no relief in sight as Russian forces continue to intensify their aggression in the war-torn country. After Kharkiv, Kherson, Bucha, Mariupol, Chernihiv and Odesa, haunting images from the Ukrainian town of Bashtanka in Mykolaiv Oblast reveal the atrocities residents there have been exposed to. Here's a ground report.
On April 1, Russian forces had entered the Bashtanka town with tanks and allegedly killed and fired indiscriminately in the region, setting local shops on fire.
The Russian troops attacked four pharmacies in a market and patrolled the town before they were driven out by Ukrainian forces.
"We were very scared and stayed indoors. We were told that you have been locked inside. Sometime later, we went outside and saw only one tank which was constantly targeting chemist shops," Yuri, a bakery owner in the area, told India Today TV.
Even as the combat between the Russian and Ukrainian forces continues on the outskirts of the town, visuals from another village in Mykolaiv showed houses reduced to rubble.
"We heard big explosions, we were going underground to wait. After we [stepped outside to] check what had happened, we saw broken windows, so much damage...all trees were cut...four-five houses were destroyed...We saw somebody shooting with a machine gun," a resident, whose wife sustained serious injuries in the attack, said.
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India Today’s Mausami Singh ground reports from Mykolaiv in Ukraine.#ReporterDiary
Besides villages, the Ukrainian government administrative building in the Mykolaiv region was also attacked by Russian missiles. The building was ripped from the middle by the impact of the bombing, wires and cables hanging from the windows and all the debris was pushed aside on the ground.
Mykolaiv press relations officer Dmytri Pelantechuk said, "The rocket destroyed our building, six people died and more people are in hospital. It's Putin's war...They are bombing civilians, every time, every day in our country."
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Nearly 36 people lost their lives and many others were injured during an airstrike launched by Russian troops on an administration building in Mykolaiv.
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Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24 this year. As the war entered its second month, Russian forces intensified their attack on Ukraine, destroying residential areas and administrative buildings in several cities of the country.
Mariupol and Bucha have seen some of the worst devastation since Russia invaded Ukraine last month.
Mariupol is currently under siege from Russian forces. Visuals captured in the port city of Ukraine showed bodies being dumped in mass graves even as the building there laid in shambles.
Similar scenes were witnessed in Bucha as Russian forces withdrew from the city.
Since Russian troops pulled back from Bucha last week, Ukrainian officials say hundreds of civilians have been found dead. Bucha's deputy mayor said more than 360 civilians were killed and around 260-280 were buried in the mass grave by other residents.
Over 4 million have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion, while thousands of civilians and Russian troops have died in the attack.