Lysychansk, located in the Luhansk region, fell into the hands of Russian forces after fierce fighting in 2022, when Moscow invaded Ukraine.
According to the authorities, Ukrainian forces struck the building that houses the bakery, which is very popular with local residents.
“The Ukrainian army fired at a bakery in Lysychansk, there are civilians under the ruins,” Leonidas Pasechnik, leader of the Luhansk region controlled by Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists, said on the Telegram social network.
Hours after the incident, Natalia Pashchenko, the health minister of the Moscow-imposed Luhansk region, said the death toll had risen to eight, with 10 people injured of various degrees of severity.
“Rescuers also tentatively found about 10 people under the ruins. Among them are the dead,” she added.
According to Moscow-imposed authorities, one seriously injured man was taken to a hospital in Luhansk. Three more injured are also being treated at this hospital.
L. Pasečnik said that the police and rescue services are currently working at the scene.
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti released footage showing the heavily damaged building and officers working at the scene.
A single-story building near the scene appeared to be completely destroyed and reduced to rubble.
Almost two years ago, when Moscow launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, about 111,000 people lived in Lysychansk. people.
In the summer of 2022, Russia took control of this city and its twin, Severodonetsk.