Kharkiv official says Russian missiles hit administrative building and residential areas


LVIV, Ukraine, March 1 (Reuters) – Kharkiv region chief Oleg Synegubov said on Tuesday Russian missile attacks had hit the center of Ukraine’s second-largest city, including residential areas and the regional administration building, as Moscow entered the sixth day of its invasion. Read more

Synegubov said Russia launched GRADs and cruise missiles on Kharkiv but the city’s defenses held firm.

“Such attacks are a genocide of the Ukrainian people, a war crime against the civilian population! he said.

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Wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet, Synegubov said in a video posted to social media on Tuesday morning that it was too early to know the number of casualties.

He shared a video showing the Kharkiv regional administration building hit by a missile and exploding. Reuters has verified the authenticity of the video.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” which it says is not designed to occupy territory but to destroy the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and capture what it sees as dangerous nationalists.

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, writing by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Andrew Heavens and Edmund Blair

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