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Russian Acress Killed During Performance For Soldiers in Ukrainian Strike.

A Russian actress has been killed by a Ukrainian strike while performing on stage.

Polina Menshikh was acting on stage for Russian troops in an occupied Ukrainian theatre when it was hit by Ukrainian shelling on the 19th of November.

The actress was reportedly performing a show in order to celebrate a Russian military holiday.

Ukraine has stated that at least 20 Russian soldiers have been killed in the strike. Russia has yet to make an official comment.

The dance hall, which was struck by Ukrainian shelling, had an estimated maximum capacity of 150 people.

A video claiming to show the moment the strike hit was uploaded to social media. In the video, Ms. Menshikh is seen singing before an explosion can be heard and the hallway lights go out.

Ms. Menshinkh later died of her injuries at a hospital.

Portal, a Russian theatre based in St. Petersburg, announced that they will perform a play that Ms. Menshika had previously directed to honour her memory.

The strike took place in the village of Kumachove, which is 60km from the front line. This is within the Donetsk region, which is in eastern Ukraine. Donetsk has been occupied by Russia since 2014 and has been an area that has seen large amounts of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces over the last few months.

The performance has been criticised by Russian pro-war bloggers. A performance concentrating dozens of soldiers in one place made it an obvious target for a Ukrainian strike, they wrote.

This Ukrainian missile strike comes days after it was reported that waves of Russian drone attacks had hit the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, for consecutive days. According to the city's military administration, there were no casualties.

Earlier this week, Russia added Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala to its wanted list. According to Russian state media, Jamala, whose real identity is Susana Jamaldinova, has been accused of spreading disinformation about Russia and its armed forces.

Russian breaking news Telegram channel Shot made claims that the singer was on the list for posting "fakes" about atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha in 2022. The Kremlin still denies any responsibility for what occurred in Bucha.

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