Clashes between invading Russian troops and defending Ukrainian forces in Ukraine second-most grand city Kharkiv intensified on Wednesday, with bombings and strikes leaving at least 21 dead and dozens injured.
Russian forces landed in Kharkiv and triggered immediate clashes in the streets, the military declared, following the relentlessness of Moscow air assault through the former Soviet state.
Regional Governor Oleg Synegubov said at least 21 people were killed and 112 injured in bombing raid in Eastern Ukrainian city in the last 24 hours. Authorities said Russian missile attacks hit the city center, including residential areas and regional administration building.
Reports from Kharkiv indicated that Russian forces attacked a military medical Center. UNION news the agency reported that they engaged Ukrainian forces, who managed to take six new Russian tanks 5-80BWM.
The airborne operation came as US President Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a “dictator”. warning Punishment campaign cripple russia economy would escalate and its oligarchs were targeted.
At Biden’s first State of the address of the Union, he welcomed the resolve of the western alliance and expressed its solidarity with Ukraine as legislators in the US Congress gave the Ukrainian a standing ovation people.
“A Russian dictator, invading a foreign country, has costs around the world“, Biden told lawmakers in son annual statement of the Union’s address, promising “vigorous action to make sure pain of our sanctions target Russia economy.”
But as he spoke, a Russian escalation would be underway in Kharkiv, an apparent offer from Moscow for capture son first ukrainian major city of the invasion.
Since Russian troops arrived in Ukraine last week to reach Putin’s mission of overthrow the pro-Westerns government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, hundreds of civilians were reportedly killed.
Russian forces transported out a massive bombardment campaign and encircled urban centers, but Ukraine insists that no city has been exceeded again.
Russia hit a residential building in the city on Tuesday killing eight people drawing comparisons with the massacres of civilians in Sarajevo in the 1990s and the condemnation for what Zelensky called a “war crime.”
A fire broke out on Wednesday in Barracks of a flight school in Kharkiv following an airstrike, according to Anton Gerashchenko, Ukrainian interior adviser minister.
“Practically, there are no zones left in Kharkiv where an artillery shell has yet to hit”, he reportedly said. in A declaration on Telegram.
Kharkiv, a largely Russian-speaking country city near the Russian border, has a population of about 1.4 million.