About 80% of the residential buildings in the town of Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, have been destroyed as a result of Russian shelling, Deputy Mayor Volodymyr Matsokin said in an interview with the Ukrinform news agency on April 2.
"A devastating bombing has begun from aircraft, with missiles, from artillery, and with mortars since March 6," he said.
"And this happened day after day. This bombing was absolutely barbaric and chaotic. It's not clear what logic there could be. They destroyed everything. Memorials dedicated to the Second World War, kindergartens, a lyceum, medical and social institutions, railway tracks, the pedestrian bridge that I mentioned, the central square, the central park, architectural monuments. An apocalyptic picture."
Matsokin added there could be people under the rubble of one of the buildings on Pervomaiska Street. However, the Russian invaders do not allow anyone to start searching for the victims.
According to the local authorities, from 15,000 to 20,000 people who need immediate humanitarian aid are trapped in Izyum and its suburbs.
The Russian invaders have besieged the town and prevented humanitarian corridors from opening since early March.
On April 1, Kharkiv Governor Oleh Synyehubov said that the Russian invaders were trying to bypass Izyum to cross to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.