Russian strikes on Kharkiv kill three as death toll in Belgorod rises to 24

The number of people confirmed dead in the Ukrainian attack on the southern Russian city of Belgorod on Saturday has risen to 24, with a further 108 injured, according to Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Among the dead was at least once child, Gladkov said, adding that in another case, an injured person had died in hospital without regaining consciousness. “Teams of federal and regional medics fought for the patient’s life until the last,” Gladkov wrote.

In total, 37 apartment blocks, 453 flats, 3 private homes, and 7 public buildings in Belgorod were damaged in the attacks, Gladkov said. “The owners of 53 damaged cars have been identified. Work on damage assessment continues.”

Overnight on Saturday, Russian forces launched fresh strikes on Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv with missiles and Shahed-type kamikaze drones.

Three people were killed in the strike, according to Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov, who said their bodies were recovered from under the rubble of a building that was hit by a missile. A further 28 people were injured in the strikes.

The attack was the latest in a string of deadly strikes over the past few days, which included a massive Russian missile strike on Ukrainian cities that left at least 41 people dead on Friday.

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