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eople living in Chernihiv have described hiding under their tables as Russian troops attack the city in northern Ukraine.

Russian forces escalated its air strikes against Ukraine, reportedly on Thursday killing at least 47 civilians in Chernihiv which lies 90 miles north of the capital Kyiv.

There are reports Russian troops have surrounded Chernihiv and continue to attack residential areas in other Ukrainian cities including Mariupol, Borodyanka and Kharkiv.

Missiles have caused destruction to high-rise residential buildings, and damaged a clinic and a hospital in Chernihiv.

Many of the city’s 300,000 residents have fled to underground shelters.

Residents of the city have described their fear after residential areas have been destroyed in Russian air strikes.

Damage caused to apartment building in Chernihiv

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One woman, named Svitlana, told the BBC an apartment block close to hers was destroyed on Thursday.

The mother-of-two said she was hiding with her family under her dining table in her five-storey apartment building as “we can hear the sounds right now of air strikes nearby”.

“There are no military targets here, there is only a cemetery, residential buildings, clinics and a hospital, why are they bombing us?” she added.

Meanwhile, another 22-year-old woman living in the city also said she could hear the sounds of continuous shelling throughout Friday morning.

Katya, a nurse, said: “I’m calling back now because I don’t know if it will be too late, I don’t know if we will survive.”

Describing her current situation, she told the BBC: “There is me, my mother, my grandma and our neighbour and we all are hiding in our house.

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