Russian forces double their attacks in Kharkov as Ukrainian aid reaches Sievierodonetsk

Russian forces continue rocket attacks on Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, and the surrounding countryside, killing at least 20 people in a bid to force Kyiv to withdraw resources from the main battlefield to protect civilians from attack. .

Inside Russia, a fire broke out at an oil refinery just eight kilometers from the Ukrainian border, following what the refinery described as a cross-border attack by two drones.

In the town of Sievierodonetsk on the main battlefield, where Russia claims to have surrounded Ukrainian forces since last week, scenes filmed by a freelance journalist made it clear that the battle was not over, with Ukrainian troops being able to supply their guard. a river with inflatable rafts.

The Russian strikes in Kharkov – all through Tuesday and continued until Wednesday morning – were the worst in weeks in the region where normal life had returned since Ukraine repulsed Russian forces in a major counterattack last month.

“It was bombed by Russian troops. It was probably multiple rocket launchers. And it’s the rocket impact, it’s the whole rocket collision,” Kharkiv prosecutor Mikhail Martos told Reuters amid the rubble area on the outskirts of the city. .

A man stands in front of apartment wreckage in Ukraine
Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, and surrounding areas have recently been targeted by Russian rockets.(Reuters: Leah Millis)

A World War II survivor was killed by bombing

Doctors transported an elderly woman’s body from the rubble of a burned-out garage to a nearby van.

“There is nowhere to go. Especially the grandmother herself, she did not want to go anywhere from here.”

Ukrainian authorities say 15 people were killed and 16 wounded in the Kharkiv region on Tuesday, and regional governor Oleh Sinegubov described Wednesday morning bombings that had killed at least five other people.

“And if they continue to do that, we have to react – and that’s a way of forcing us to move our artillery,” he said.

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