Russian forces attacked the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Odesa Tuesday, injuring at least 20.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov wrote on his Telegram channel that Russian forces had launched a missile strike at the city centre on Tuesday evening, injuring 17 civilians.
“Missile strikes on the city centre, where there is no military infrastructure, only residential buildings … Attacking the centre of Kharkiv is an act of pure terrorism,” Terekhov wrote.
Aftermath of Russian shelling in Kharkiv. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Russian forces also attacked Odesa with drones overnight, Governor Oleh Kiper wrote Wednesday, adding that three people had been wounded. A residential building caught fire and 130 residents had to be evacuated.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defence Ministry reported that air defences had shot down seven Vilkha and four RM-70 Vampire rockets and six drones over Russia’s border region of Belgorod overnight.
Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said there were no injuries, but added that some homes had been damaged. A local Telegram channel wrote that a missile warning had been issued. Explosions were heard in the city overnight.