Ukraine condemns ‘outright terrorism’ as Russia shells civilian sites in Kharkiv

Russian missiles pounded Ukraine’s second-largest city, with a local administrator calling the attacks “absolute terrorism”.

Kharkiv region governor Oleh Syneihubov said on Monday that three Russian missile strikes only hit civilian targets in the northeastern city.

“All (three were launched) exclusively on civilian objects, this is absolute terrorism!” he said.

Damaged buildings in Kharkiv (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

One of the missiles destroyed a school, another a residential building while the third landed near warehouses, Syneihubov said.

He added that latest reports said three people were dead and 28 injured in the attacks.

The strikes came two days after a Russian rocket attack slammed into apartment buildings in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 19 people.

Saturday night’s strike destroyed three buildings in a residential area of ​​the town of Chasiv Yar, inhabited mainly by people who work in nearby factories.

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Civilians after a Russian rocket hit a building in Chasiv Yar (Nariman El-Mofty/AP)

Russian attacks in the east continued, with the governor of the Lugansk region saying on Monday that the shelling had hit settlements on the administrative border with the Donetsk region.

Kremlin forces carried out five missile strikes and four heavy bombardments in the area, Serhiy Haidai said.

Luhansk and Donetsk regions are the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine, known as Donbass, where separatist rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.

Earlier this month, Russia captured the last major Ukrainian resistance stronghold in Luhansk, the city of Lysychansk.

After the capture of Lysychansk, some analysts predicted that Moscow’s troops would take some time to rearm and regroup, but Ukrainian officials said there was no pause in the attacks.

The British Army felt that Russian troops were not getting the necessary breaks.

The Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter that online videos suggested at least one tank brigade in the war was “mentally and physically exhausted” as it had been on active combat duty since the war began in February.

The Ministry of Defense said: “The lack of scheduled breaks in intense combat conditions is quite possibly one of the most damaging personnel issues that Russia (Ministry of Defense) is struggling to address among the force. deployed.”

Also on Monday, Russia’s main gas pipeline to Germany began a 10-day shutdown for maintenance amid fears in Europe that Moscow will not restore flow after its completion.