Authorities say Russian weaponry hammering Ukraine’s second biggest city Kharkiv killed at least three people on Monday, as rescuers retrieved survivors from the wreckage of a previous hit on an apartment building in another city that killed 19 people.

According to regional governor Oleh Synehubov, the artillery, multiple rocket launcher, and tank bombardment on Kharkiv wounded 31 persons, including two children. According to the Ukrainian president’s administration, residential areas were affected.

Rescuers established vocal contact with two individuals in the ruins of the five-story apartment building struck by a missile on Saturday in Chasiv Yar, farther south, and emergency services broadcast footage of workers extracting a guy from beneath the concrete debris, where up to two dozen others were trapped.

The operation on Chasiv Yar was part of Russia’s attempt to conquer the whole industrial Donbas area in the east, which has been partially held by separatist proxies since 2014, after claiming victory earlier this month in Luhansk province.

According to military analysts, Russia is utilizing artillery barrages to prepare for a fresh drive for territory by ground troops.

Kharkiv, located in the northeast near the Russian border but outside the Donbas, was heavily bombarded in the early months of the conflict, followed by a period of relative quiet that has been disturbed by fresh shelling in recent weeks.

The city’s mayor, Ihor Terekhov, claimed the new attacks had struck civilian infrastructure, including a commercial facility and a tyre repair business. more info

Moscow denies targeting civilians, but Russian bombardment has left numerous Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages in ruins since the February 24 assault, with basements and bomb shelters the only safe haven for those who remain.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy claimed Russia has conducted 34 air attacks since Saturday, while his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said Moscow should be recognized as a state supporter of terrorism in connection with the apartment explosion.

Source: Reuters

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