By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV, Associated Press
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles shelled Ukraine’s second-largest city Monday morning, the local administrator said, describing the strikes as “absolute terrorism.”
Kharkiv region governor Oleh Syneihubov said on Telegram that Russian forces only hit civilian targets in three missile strikes on the northeastern city.
“All (all three were launched) exclusively on civilian objects, this is absolute terrorism!” Syneihubov said.
One of the missiles destroyed a school, another a residential building and the third landed near storage facilities, Syneihubov said.
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He said the latest reports were that three people were killed and 28 wounded in the attacks.
The attacks came just two days after a Russian rocket attack slammed into apartment buildings in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 19 people. A total of eight people have been rescued, emergency officials said.
Saturday night’s strike destroyed three buildings in a residential neighborhood in the city of Chasiv Yar, inhabited mainly by people who work in nearby factories.
Russian attacks in the east also continued, with the governor of the Luhansk region saying on Monday that shelling hit settlements on the administrative border with the Donetsk region.
Russian forces carried out five missile strikes and four massive rounds of shelling in the area, Serhiy Haidai said.
The Luhansk and Donetsk regions together form the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine known as Donbas, where separatist rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.
Earlier this month, Russia captured the last major bastion of the Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk, the city of Lysychansk.
After the seizure of Lysychansk, some analysts predicted it would likely take some time for Moscow’s troops to rearm and regroup, but Ukrainian officials said there had been no pause in the attacks.
The British Army assessed that the Russian troops were not receiving the necessary rests.
The Defense Ministry wrote on Twitter Monday that online videos suggested that at least one tank brigade in the war was “mentally and physically exhausted” as they had been on active combat duty since the start of the war in February. .
The British said: “The lack of scheduled breaks from intense combat conditions is most likely one of the most damaging of the many personnel problems that the Russian (Defence Ministry) is struggling to rectify among the deployed force.”
Also Monday, Russia’s main gas pipeline to Germany began a 10-day shutdown for maintenance amid European fears that Moscow may not be able to reopen the flow after completion.
Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.
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