Deadly strikes rock Kharkiv:
Oleh Synehubov, the regional governor, reported that three persons were murdered and numerous more were injured on Monday as a result of Russian shelling in the city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine. In three missile strikes on the city, Synehubov claims Moscow’s forces solely attacked civilian sites and are therefore committing “total terrorism.” According to Ukraine’s official emergency service, 19 people have died as a result of Russian missile attacks on the village of Chasiv Yar on Saturday.
In reaction to what the authorities in the exclave have called a “blockade” of its territory by Lithuania, the governor of Russia’s Kaliningrad region has recommended a prohibition on the transit of commodities between the three Baltic republics and Russia. Dozens of Ukrainian emergency workers labored to pull people out of the rubble after a Russian rocket attack smashed into apartment buildings in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 15 people.
The strike late on Saturday destroyed three buildings in a residential quarter of the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk province, inhabited mostly by people who work in nearby factories.
The provincial governor of Donetsk said the town of about 12,000 was hit by Russian Uragan rockets that are fired from truck-borne systems.
Chasiv Yar is located 20km (12 miles) southeast of Kramatorsk, a city that is a major target of Russian forces as they grind westward.
Ukraine’s Emergency Services said the latest rescue brought to six the number of people dug out of the rubble. Earlier on Sunday, they made contact with three others still trapped alive beneath the ruins.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said an estimated 24 people were believed still trapped beneath the collapsed building, including a 9-year-old child.
Cranes and excavators worked alongside rescue teams to clear away the ruins of one building, its walls completely shorn off by the impact of the strike.
The rescuers kept working in the rain despite the dangerous conditions. Valerii, who gave only his first name, was desperately waiting to hear news of his sister and 9-year-old nephew, who lived in the collapsed building and had not answered his calls since Saturday night.
Deadly strikes rock Kharkiv:
Moreover, Viacheslav Boitsov, deputy chief of emergency service in the Donetsk region, told the Associated Press later on Sunday that four shells hit the neighborhood and they were likely Russian Iskander missiles. Residents said they heard at least three explosions and that many people were badly wounded in the blasts.
Saturday’s attack was the latest in a series of strikes against civilian areas in the east, even as Russia repeatedly claims it is only hitting targets of military value in the war.
Twenty-one people were killed earlier this month when an apartment building and recreation area came under rocket fire in the southern Odesa region.
Source: Al Jazeera News