At least seven dead in Russian missile attack on Kharkiv

At least seven people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a Russian missile attack on Kharkiv, north-eastern Ukraine, according to the regional head.

A further two people remain missing after the attack, which saw Russian forces strike Ukraine’s second-largest city at least 15 times, Oleg Sinegubov said.

He advised people in the city to remain in shelters.

Ukraine’s state railway company said several of its facilities had been damaged in the attack and a number of its employees had been injured.

Earlier this month, Russian forces began a renewed offensive in the region in an attempt to break through a weakened Ukrainian front line.

On Wednesday, Mr Sinegubov said fighting was continuing near the towns of Pletenivka and Vovchansk, but that Ukraine’s forces were in control.

“This weakness is not ours, but the world’s, which has not dared to deal with terrorists in the way they deserve for three years,” he said in a post on X.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attacks on Kharkiv showed that Russia was taking advantage of Ukraine’s lack of air defences.

Supplies of US-made surface-to-air missile systems were delayed by wrangling in Congress over a multi-billion dollar aid package for Ukraine which was only passed last month.

Mr Zelensky has repeatedly called for more air defence missiles and the supply of modern fighter jets from his allies. Fighting in the region has displaced around 14,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).



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