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A member of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service prepares to disable and remove a missile in Rubizhne in the Luhansk region of Ukraine on April 27. (Ukrainian State Emergency Service/EYEPRESS/Reuters)

Parts of the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine have suffered intense attacks in the past 24 hours, according to regional officials.

Serhiy Haidai, head of the regional military administration, said a woman died in shelling that hit a hospital in Severodonetsk, a city that has seen widespread destruction after weeks of attacks.

“They [the Russians] wanted to finish off the wounded,” Haidai said. “The Russians knew the hospital was not empty, there were patients in different conditions with doctors; that didn’t stop them.”

“The destruction of the building is significant. Several floors were damaged in one fell swoop,” he added.

A CNN crew in the city on Wednesday heard frequent artillery barrages, which local police said were around the hospital.

Ukrainian officials said almost the entire territory of the Luhansk region had been shelled in the past 24 hours, with the worst hitting Rubizhne and Lysyshansk. The Russians have been trying to force the cities to surrender for weeks.

The shelling destroyed gas pipelines to most of the region, Haidai said. “Gas companies are repairing damaged areas every day. Gas is only supplied to six towns and villages.”

Mykola Khanatov, head of the military administration of the city of Popasna, told Ukrainian television that there were only three words to describe the situation there: horror, grief, pain.

“There are still about 2,000 people left in Popasna. We are trying to organize the evacuation every day. We are evacuating about 50 people a day. But unfortunately we only control half of the city, the other half is occupied “Said Khanatov, adding that there had been an airstrike on a nine-story building on Tuesday night, and it collapsed. Salvage work continued.

“Popasna is Armageddon. Nothing is working there right now: there is no gas, no electricity, no water. There are no doctors,” Khanatov said.

Authorities in Lugansk said one person was killed near Hirske.

“Russian troops continuously bombard the settlements of the Hirske community from 5 a.m. They use GRAD [rockets] and artillery,” Haidai said.

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