A residential block and a children’s playground in Kharkiv were hit by a rocket – September 21, 2022
Residents of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, found themselves under bombardment again on Wednesday after Russian rockets hit residential blocks, injuring at least one civilian, just as Moscow announced an escalation of the war.
“Our area was relatively calm, and now you see what happened,” 65-year-old Lyubov Grigorovna told AFP in front of a heavily damaged apartment block.c Kharkiv.
The city, which lies just 40 kilometers (24 miles) south of the Russian border, was attacked on the first day of the invasion on February 24, but its Ukrainian defenders held out and it has been regularly bombed ever since.
The city has been spared more intense bombing in recent weeks as a Ukrainian counter-offensive pushed Russian ground forces out of the region. However, Russia can still launch missiles from its own territory.
Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov said four shells struck the Kholodnogorsk district overnight, hitting two residential blocks, a construction site and some civilian infrastructure. In one block, 10 residents were trapped until rescuers could arrive, but officials reported only one injury. Air raid sirens continued throughout the morning at the scene, mingling with bells ringing from the gilded domes of Hagia Sophia, where Orthodox worshipers had gathered to mark the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Worked on the publication: Georgi Daskalov