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Russia invades Ukraine, Kharkiv is heavily bombarded


Firefighters work to put out a fire in a building after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sunday April 17. (Andrew Marienko/AP)

The city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine suffered another day of heavy shelling, according to regional officials.

Oleg Synegubov, head of the Kharkiv regional administration, said on Telegram: “Today in broad daylight there was shelling of the central part of the city, the Saltivka residential area of ​​the MLRS [multiple rocket systems] and artillery. Unfortunately, 20 people were injured, 5 people were killed. Apartment buildings and other civilian infrastructure were damaged.”

Ihor Terekhov, the city’s mayor, said residential areas were attacked in the morning and missiles were fired at the city center in the afternoon. He said dozens of buildings were damaged and casualties included dead and injured.

Terekhov said the Russians have not given up on “attempts to destroy the civilian population of Kharkiv, to sow panic in the city and to break our spirit. Yet the will of Kharkiv, the will of us Ukrainians, cannot be harmed by the enemy”. , I was convinced of this when I saw how a medic covered a wounded woman during the bombardment.”

Writing on his Telegram channel, Terekhov said Russian forces “continue to shell the city furiously. Therefore, I urge you again, if possible, to stay in shelters and metro stations.”

The state emergency services said on Sunday afternoon that “18 addresses in Kharkiv were hit as a result of enemy shelling in the central part of the city. Apartments on the fourth and fifth floors were set on fire in a five-storey building. He said 160 firefighters and 33 equipment units were involved in extinguishing the fires.

Synegubov said that despite the attacks, Ukrainian forces were pushing the Russians back east of the city. He claimed that several villages had been liberated about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Kharkiv.

If this is true and if Ukrainian gains east of Kharkiv hold, Russian efforts to resupply forces gathered in eastern Ukraine for an offensive in Donbass could be hampered. Last week, Ukrainian special forces destroyed a bridge on a supply route south of Kharkiv.


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