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A local official says at least 10 people have been killed in shelling in Russian-occupied Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 10 people, including children, were killed after a shelling late Friday struck a Russian-occupied town in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhia region, a local Kremlin official said, blaming Ukraine for the attack.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, Ukrainian officials reported at least three civilian deaths that they said were the result of Russian attacks.

Russian emergency services worked under the rubble on Saturday in hopes of rescuing civilians trapped under the rubble of their homes in Tokmak, in a part of southern Ukraine that Moscow illegally annexed from Kiev, Kremlin-installed regional head Yevhen Balitsky said.

The Tokmak municipal council reported on Telegram that the shelling hit three apartment buildings on Friday evening. Five people were pulled alive from the rubble, Balitsky said, and a total of 13 people were hospitalized.

By early Saturday afternoon, Ukraine had not yet commented on the allegations.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, at least two civilians were killed by Russian shelling on Friday and overnight, according to officials. Both deaths occurred on Donetsk’s frontline in the east, according to Telegram messages from local governor Vadym Filashkin.

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On Saturday, Russian forces also fired on a car delivering food in the northern Chernihiv region, killing the civilian driver, regional governor Vyacheslav Chaus said.

A man was trapped under rubble in the northeastern Kharkiv region during overnight Russian shelling, according to local governor Oleh Syniehubov and Ukrainian emergency services. A second man was also injured. Both have been hospitalized, according to a Telegram update from the state emergency service.

Local Ukrainian officials reported that more than a dozen civilians were injured Friday and overnight by Russian shelling in the north, south and east of the country.

It was not immediately possible to verify the claims made by Balitsky or Ukrainian authorities.

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