Russian strike kills three in Ukraine’s Second City Kharkiv


Ukraine / Kyiv’s Chashibuyar — Russian weapons that hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, killed at least three people on Monday, officials said.

Cannons, multiple rocket launchers and tank attacks on Kharkiv also injured 31 people, said regional governor Oleh Synehubov.

Further south, in the city of Chasibjar, rescue teams voiced contact with the two in the wreckage of a five-story apartment that was hit by a rocket on Saturday, and rescue teams pulled men from under concrete debris. The video has been released. A place where up to 20 people are trapped.

Attacks on Chasiv Yar attempt to occupy all industrial Donbus areas in the east, partially dominated by separatist agents since 2014, after declaring victory in Luhansk earlier this month. Was part of Russia’s promotion.

Kharkiv, outside Donbus in the northeast near the Russian border, was heavily bombed in the first months of the war, followed by a relatively mild period of crushing by new bombardment in recent weeks.

Mayor Ihor Terekhov said private infrastructure such as commercial real estate and tire repair shops had been hit by a recent strike.

Moscow has denied targeting civilians.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had carried out 34 airstrikes since Saturday.

Rescue team working
Rescue teams removed the body from a house damaged by a Russian strike in the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 10, 2022. (Gleb Garanich / Reuters)

Diplomatic fault line

The war exposed diplomatic deficiencies across Europe and soared energy and food prices. Lithuania applied further stages of European Union sanctions against Russia on Monday, extending restrictions on trade through its territory to Kaliningrad on Russia’s Baltic coast.

Europe’s reliance on Russia’s energy has plagued policy makers and the business community, as the largest pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany has begun 10 days of annual maintenance. Governments, markets and businesses are worried that the closure may be extended due to the war.

Wave of strike

After occupying Luhansk, Russian troops are now focused on taking control of the neighboring Donetsk region.

Pro-Russian army
Pro-Russian military personnel at an exhibition of Ukrainian hardware and weapons left in the city after withdrawal in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia in Lysychans’k, Luhansk region, Ukraine on July 8, 2022. I stood next to the howitzer. Alexander Elmochenko / Reuters)

Ukrainian staff said on Monday that Russia had launched a wave of bombing while trying to seize other states in Donetsk, Donetsk.

It said widespread artillery was equivalent to preparing for intensified hostility.

The US-based Institute for the Study of War said the Russian army was being reorganized and that the artillery cannon aims to set the conditions for future ground advancement by identifying the weaknesses of Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the missile attacked an ammunition depot in the central Dnipro region of Ukraine, which was used to supply rocket launchers and artillery weapons.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the battlefield reports.

Ukraine is preparing a counterattack in the southern part of the country where Russia occupied the territory early in the war.

Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshchuk warned civilians in the Russian-controlled southern Kherson region on Sunday to urgently evacuate prior to the attack. She did not give a time frame for action.

Ukrainian troops regained the village of Ivanifka in the Kherson region, claimed by the Ukrainian infantry brigade on Monday.

Anna Boytenko and Tom Balmforce