Russian bombs kill three, injures 29 in Kharkiv


Russian guided bombs struck an apartment building in Ukraine’s second largest city of Kharkiv killing three people, injuring 29 and prompting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to call for more help from Kyiv’s allies.

Pictures posted online showed parts of an apartment building in ruins, with windows smashed, balconies shattered and rubble strewn about a crater on the ground.

Prosecutors in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region put the casualty toll at three dead and 52 injured in the mid-afternoon attack, including three injured children.

Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said four of those hurt were in serious condition.

“This Russian terror through guided bombs must be stopped and can be stopped,” Zelenskiy wrote on Telegram.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for more help from Kyiv’s allies. (AP PHOTO)

“We need strong decisions from our partners to enable us to stop the Russian terrorists and Russian military aviation right where they are.”

Later, in his nightly video address, Zelenskiy said Russian forces had used more than 2400 guided bombs on Ukrainian targets in June alone, with about 700 aimed at Kharkiv.

He said after US Congress gave delayed approval of a big aid package in April, Ukraine’s replenished arms supplies had reduced the devastation and frequency of missile attacks and the same had to be done now to fend off these bombs.

“The significant reduction in Russian missile terror against Kharkiv and the region proves it is entirely possible to secure our cities and communities from Russian bombs,” he said.

Ukraine, he said, needed promised military aid packages “without delay so that the agreements we reached with (US) President Biden can be realised.”

Ukraine and the US signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement this month aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s defence against Russia and getting Ukraine closer to NATO membership.

Russia has relied increasingly on relatively inexpensive guided bombs, dropped from a distance and involving fewer risks for its forces.

A damaged flat at the site of a bomb attack in Kharkiv
Russian forces had used more guided bombs on Ukrainian targets, with about 700 aimed at Kharkiv. (EPA PHOTO)

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and has advanced slowly through Donetsk region in the east, capturing a string of villages since seizing the key industrial town of Avdiivka more than three months ago.

It launched a cross-border incursion north of Kharkiv last month, though Zelenskiy says the situation there has stabilised.

In the latest bomb attack, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said there had been four strikes on Kharkiv.

Regional governor Syniehubov said rescue work was proceeding at the building, which housed a store on the ground floor.

Kharkiv Police Chief Serhiy Bolvinov told public broadcaster Suspilne that three floors had collapsed, but he believed no one was trapped under the rubble.

Kharkiv lies about 30km from the border with Russia. The city of 1.3 million people has frequently been targeted in Russian attacks during nearly 28 months of war.

Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians but thousands have been killed and injured in the war.