Picture this: It seemed to be an ordinary Saturday. The square in front of the theater located north of Kyiv was lively. People had just come out of the church, streaming out after joyously celebrating the Apple Feast of the Savior religious holiday with some carrying baskets of consecrated apples in hand. But in an unfathomable twist of fate, this bustling congregation would soon witness an unimaginable tragedy when the theater building was suddenly struck. In a blink of an eye, the scene of revelry quickly turned into one of devastation.


In a chilling escalation of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reported Saturday that the Russian army had targeted the central square of Chernihiv, a northern Ukrainian city. The attack, which occurred on an otherwise ordinary Saturday, resulted in significant loss of life and destruction. This incident carries profound geopolitical and humanitarian implications, highlighting the devastating consequences of the eighteen-long months of armed conflict and the international response to such actions.