At least 21 people were killed and 112 wounded in shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in the past 24 hours, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said.
Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv on Wednesday, the Ukrainian army said, adding that there were immediate clashes.
“Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv … and attacked a local hospital,” the army said on messaging app Telegram. “There is an ongoing fight between the invaders and the Ukrainians.”
Authorities said Russian missile attacks hit the center of Ukraine’s second-largest city, including residential areas and the regional administration building.
A Russian airstrike hit a residential area near a hospital late on Tuesday in Zhytomyr, a city about 85 miles (140km) west of Ukraine’s capital, Mayor Serih Sukhomlin said.
Ukraine’s emergency services said the strike killed at least two people, set three homes on fire and broke the windows in the hospital.
Zhytomyr is the home of the elite 95th Air Assault Brigade, which may have been the intended target.
On Wednesday morning, Ukrainians in the southern port city of Mariupol were bracing for more heavy shelling after Russia on Tuesday night cut off the city’s electricity supply and bombarded residents. More than a hundred people were injured on Tuesday in Russian fire, the mayor of the city, Vadym Boychenko, said.
In Kherson on the Black Sea Russian forces took control of the railway station and the port overnight, city mayor Igor Kolykhayev said.
In Borodyanka, 50km from Kyiv, Russian airstrikes destroyed two residential buildings on Tuesday, according to Ukraine’s deputy minister of foreign affairs Emine Dzhaparova, who shared a video of the gray buildings partially in ruins, with apartments in flames.
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