Ukraine says Russian strikes in Kharkiv metropolis revenge for counterattack By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Firefighters work on the website of a residential constructing hit by a Russian navy strike, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine September 6, 2022. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi/File Picture/File Picture

KYIV (Reuters) -No less than 10 individuals had been wounded when the centre of Ukraine’s second metropolis, Kharkiv, was hit by Russian rocket fireplace on Friday, native officers mentioned, whereas the president’s prime aide mentioned the assaults had been revenge for Ukrainian success on the battlefield.

Rockets hit a kids’s arts centre and a faculty, in addition to non-public properties, Kharkiv’s Mayor Ihor Terekhov mentioned.

Regional Governor Oleh Synehubov mentioned 14 individuals, together with three kids, had been wounded by the rockets, which he mentioned had been fired from Uragan MLRS methods.

Ukraine’s presidential chief of workers Andriy Yermak mentioned the assault was revenge for the success of Ukraine’s armed forces, an obvious reference to a latest counter-attack in close by areas which Ukraine says led to the recapture of over 20 settlements.

“For each success of Ukraine’s armed forces, for each victory, Russians… reply with strikes on harmless individuals,” Yermak wrote on Telegram, confirming that kids had been among the many wounded.

“Russia is a terrorist state… you’ll reply (for this), and also you virtually actually will not be capable to conceal anyplace,” he wrote.

It was not instantly doable for Reuters to confirm the stories. Russia denies focusing on civilians.

Earlier on Friday, Synehubov warned residents that Russia had elevated strikes on the province in response to Ukraine’s assault.

Synehubov mentioned 4 individuals had been killed by Russian shelling within the area on Thursday, together with two within the metropolis of Kharkiv.

“The intensification of the occupiers (shelling) is linked primarily to the successes of Ukraine’s armed forces, that are at the moment liberating the territory of the area,” he wrote on Telegram.

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