the forces of russia bombed with rockets the second largest city in Ukraine, Kharkivand the surrounding field, killing at least 20 peoplein what kyiv called an attempt to force it to withdraw resources from the main battlefield to protect civilians from attack.
Inside Russia, a fire swept through an oil refinery located just 8 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, in what the company described as a cross-border attack carried out with two drones. In Lisichansk, a Russian attack left a huge hole in the police station and damaged a nearby apartment block.
In the main city on the battlefront, Severodonetskwhere Russia claims to have surrounded Ukrainian forces since last week, scenes shot by an independent journalist made it clear that the battle is not over, as Ukrainian troops were able to resupply their garrison by crossing a river on inflatable rafts.
The Russian attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kharkiv were the worst for weeks in the area, where normal life had returned since Ukraine pushed back Russian forces in a major counteroffensive last month. “It was a shelling by Russian troops. It was probably multiple rocket launchers. And it’s the impact of the missiles, it’s the whole impact of the missiles,” he told Reuters. kharkiv prosecutor, Mikhailo Martosh.
Ukrainian authorities announced that 15 people were killed and 16 wounded on Tuesday in the Kharkov region, while the regional governor, Oleh Sinegubovdescribed shelling incidents on Wednesday morning that had killed at least five others.