A firefighter works in a residential district that was damaged by shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in kyiv, Ukraine, March 23, 2022.

At least four people were killed, including two children, and another six were injured in a Russian attack in the city of Rubekhnoe, near Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Thursday.

The governor added that the balance of accidents risks “significantly increasing”.

“The Russians are dying, they can’t move forward, so they started using heavy weapons,” Gaidai said.

According to the governor, the Moscow troops also shelled Lisichansk and Novodruzhesk, two cities located about 80 km to northwest of Lugansk.

“The Russians attacked the Luhansk region at night with rocket and phosphorus bombardments. Four dead,” said the head of the Luhansk regional military administration Serhiy Gadai in a message posted on the social network Facebook.

Serhiy Gadai pointed that 31 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the last 24 hours, including 23 houses, and noted that shelling had been inflicted on the towns of Kremina, Lisichansk, Novodruzhesk, Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Voevodovka.

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