BRAVE Ukrainian students held a prom at their bombed-out high school as Russia stepped up its assault on the country’s east.
They danced on a basketball court in front of the ruins while heavily armed troops looked on.
In a stunning image of hope and resilience, Valeria Kobzeva, 16, posed in a red ball gown amid the rubble of school number 134.
Valeria said the students’ performance in northern Kharkiv was “the saddest farewell dance.”
She recalled, “The girls chose dresses and were thrilled that all would be very beautiful on prom day.
“But the Russian world came and ruined all our plans that we dreamed of.”
Classmate Nastia Kobzeva, 17, said: “We were supposed to graduate with a big party and had been preparing for it for ages.
“Then in no time at all our whole school was gone. The place where we learned, where we played, every corner was gone.
“We really loved our school. It’s hard to describe how sad and angry we were dancing.”
But she insisted the school, which taught 900 students, would be rebuilt, adding: “Ukraine will win the war.”
Dance teacher Natalia Oleynik said the performance “will go down in history” and is a testament to Ukraine’s unbreakable spirit.
Top Ukrainian children’s author Andrei Kurkov said 111 schools had been destroyed – more than one a day since Vladimir Putin launched his attack on February 24.
School No. 134 became a shell when Russian forces entered the city on the fourth day of the war.
Nastia fled the city three days earlier but joined hundreds of locals who returned last month after Russian troops were forced to withdraw.
The city faced another Russian missile attack yesterday, but the worst was unleashed further east in the key battlefield cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insisted his forces “stand firm” in key Donbass cities, but said “fierce street fighting continues.”
He vowed to repel Russian soldiers from every inch of Ukrainian territory.
But he told the FT his force’s “inferior” equipment made it almost impossible to advance.
The show trial of two British militants captured in Mariupol began yesterday over fears of the death penalty.
Aidan Aislin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, appeared in a cage before a Russian-backed court in Donetsk, accused of seizing and holding power with violence and “mercenary activities”.
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