The Ukrainian army says speedy clashes have erupted after Russian paratroopers landed in Ukraine’s second largest metropolis of Kharkiv on the seventh day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbour.
“Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv … and attacked a neighborhood hospital,” the military mentioned on Wednesday, in an announcement on the Telegram messaging app.
“There may be an ongoing struggle between the invaders and the Ukrainians.”
In response to Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian inside minister, a hearth broke out on Wednesday within the barracks of a flight faculty within the metropolis following an air raid.
“Virtually there aren’t any areas left in Kharkiv the place an artillery shell has not but hit,” he mentioned in an announcement posted on Telegram.
Town’s governor, Oleg Synegubov, additionally mentioned on Telegram that seven folks had been killed in an assault on a authorities constructing and that 24 folks had been wounded.
The experiences might be independently confirmed. Russia says it’s only focusing on Ukraine’s army infrastructure, air defence and air forces with high-precision weapons.
Kharkiv, a largely Russian-speaking metropolis close to the Russian border, has a inhabitants of about 1.4 million.
It has been a goal for Russian forces since President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
On Monday, Ukraine’s defence ministry mentioned dozens of residents together with youngsters had been killed when a Russian strategic bomber fired 16 guided missiles in the direction of a residential space within the metropolis.
The next day, no less than 10 folks together with a 21-year-old Indian medical pupil had been killed by Russian shells.
The United Nations says no less than 136 civilians – together with 13 youngsters – have been killed within the invasion, however that the true variety of folks is probably going a lot larger.
“No person will forgive. No person will overlook,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned on Tuesday after the assaults in Kharkiv and the lethal bombing of a TV tower within the capital, Kyiv.
One of many buildings of Kharkiv college on hearth, hit by Russian missile. One of many first universities in Russian empire, formally based in 1805. I interviewed a pro-Russian tutorial right here in 2014. Putin is now destroying “Russian world” he’s claiming to guard. pic.twitter.com/EvavU2L5SI
— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) March 2, 2022
In Kherson on the Black Sea, the place officers had on Tuesday reported Russian checkpoints encircling the town, Russian forces took management of the railway station and the port in a single day, Mayor Igor Kolykhaiev was quoted as saying by native media.
In Mariupol, a port on the Sea of Azov, greater than 100 folks had been injured on Tuesday in Russian hearth, the mayor of the town, Vadym Boychenko was quoted as saying by Ukrainian media.
In Borodyanka, 50km (31 miles) from Kyiv, Russian air assaults destroyed two residential buildings on Tuesday, in line with Emine Dzhaparova, Ukraine’s deputy minister of overseas affairs, who shared a video of the gray buildings partially in ruins, with residences in flames.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, Ukrainian intelligence famous “important exercise” of plane within the border space, and convoys of automobiles carrying meals and ammunition had been noticed there, the assertion mentioned.
In view of those actions, Belarus “may most likely help the Russian invaders within the Russian-Ukrainian struggle sooner or later”, warned the ministry.
“Missile assaults towards army and civilian targets” in Ukraine have been “systematically” launched from Belarusian territory for the reason that begin of the Russian invasion on February 24, the ministry added.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has mentioned his nation has no plans to affix the struggle.