Russian missiles wreck Kharkiv hotel -Ukraine says

Two Russian missiles have struck a hotel in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, injuring 11 people, the Kharkiv governor says.

Photos from Ukraine’s State Emergency Service showed the hotel heavily damaged and firefighters at the scene.

Governor Oleh Synehubov said the injured included Turkish journalists. Two S-300 missiles struck at about 22:30 (20:30 GMT), he said.

Russia has stepped up air strikes on Ukrainian cities in the past two weeks.

Ukrainian officials say dozens of civilians have died in those attacks from drones and missiles.

Kharkiv, just 30km (19 miles) from the Russian border, has suffered extensive damage from Russian air strikes since President Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

In the latest strike, nine injured were taken to hospital, including a 35-year-old man in a serious condition, the governor said on the Telegram messaging service.                             President Volodymyr Zelensky, on a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday, urged Western allies to provide more air defence weapons.



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