Ukraine war: at least seven dead in Russian missile attack on Kharkiv

Image source, Telegram: Volodymyr Zelensky

  • Author, Jacqueline Howard
  • Role, bbc news

At least seven people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a Russian missile attack on Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, according to the regional chief.

Two other people remain missing after the attack, in which Russian forces attacked Ukraine’s second-largest city at least 15 times, Oleg Sinegubov said.

He advised people in the city to stay in shelters.

Ukraine’s state railway company said several of its facilities had been damaged in the attack and several of its employees had been injured.

Earlier this month, Russian forces began a renewed offensive in the region in an attempt to break through a weakened Ukrainian front line.

On Wednesday, Sinegubov said fighting was continuing near the towns of Pletenivka and Vovchansk, but that Ukrainian forces were in control.

“This weakness is not ours, but that of the world, which has not dared to deal with terrorists as they deserve for three years,” he said in a post on X.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attacks on Kharkiv showed Russia was taking advantage of Ukraine’s lack of air defenses.

Supplies of American-made surface-to-air missile systems have been delayed due to disputes in Congress over a multibillion-dollar aid package for Ukraine that was approved just last month.

Zelensky has repeatedly asked his allies for more air defense missiles and the supply of modern fighter jets.

Fighting in the region has displaced some 14,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The approximately 189,000 people who remain near the border with Russia face “significant risks due to ongoing fighting,” said the WHO’s Jarno Habicht.

Ukraine has been launching its own attacks against Russian territory.

Belgorod, located just 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the border with Ukraine, has been attacked several times, including earlier this week when a woman was killed and three other people were injured as a result of a drone attack on a car in motion.

Zelensky warned last week that the Russian ground offensive could be just a “first wave.”

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