15 people killed when Russia dropped rocket in Kharkiv


KYIV / KHARKIV-Russian troops rocket attacked Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, and the surrounding countryside, killing at least 15 people.

Within Russia, a fire broke out at an oil refinery just 8 km (5 miles) from the Ukrainian border after the oil refinery described it as a cross-border attack by two drones.

In a major battlefield city in Severodonetsk, where Russia claims to have surrounded Ukrainian troops since last week, photos taken by freelance journalists showed that the battle was not over.

Russia attacked Kharkiv throughout Tuesday, following Wednesday morning.

Ukrainian officials said there were reports of more casualties at night and Wednesday morning after 15 people were killed and 16 were injured in the Kharkiv area on Tuesday.

Currently, the main battlefield is south of Kharkiv in the Donbus region, and the worst battles are concentrated in the devastated city of Sibelodnetsk.

Russia says the Ukrainian army of Sieviero Donetsk has been trapped. Last week, Moscow ordered the Ukrainians to surrender or die after the last bridge over the Siverskyi Donets was destroyed.

However, freelance photographer Oleksandr Ratushniak, who recently arrived in Sieviero Donetsk with Ukrainian troops, photographed soldiers crossing the river on an inflatable raft. This indicates that the Garrison Army has not yet been blocked.

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On June 20, 2022, members of the Ukrainian army patrol an area of ​​the city of Sieviero Donetsk as Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continue. (Oleksandr Ratushniak / Reuters)

Unmanned aerial vehicle attack

There was no immediate Ukrainian comment on the apparent drone attack that stopped production at Russia’s Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery on the Russian side of the border with the Donbas territory, which is dominated by pro-Russian separatists. ..

Video footage posted on social media appeared to show the drone flying towards the refinery before a large ball of flame and black smoke swirled into the summer sky. A local paramedic quoted by Interfax said no one was injured and the flames were extinguished.

Ukraine usually does not comment on reports of attacks on Russian infrastructure near the border.

In another case, Russian officials said four people were killed after a shell exploded in an ammunition depot deep in Russia.

Wednesday is marked in both Russia and Ukraine as “Day of Memory and Sorrow”, the anniversary of Hitler’s German attack on the Soviet Union. An estimated 27 million Soviet citizens died in World War II.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has blossomed in the flames of the dead.

Moscow repeatedly threatened on Wednesday with unspecified retaliation against Lithuania’s decision to block rail transport of some goods to Russia’s Kaliningrad outskirts in the Baltic Sea. Lithuania says it had to block shipments under EU sanctions that came into effect on Saturday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a meeting with reporters, “I am confident that the illegal sanctions adopted by the European Union will never be accepted in this situation,” and countermeasures have been prepared. He added that.

By Pavel Polityuk and Vitalii Hnidyi