April 18, 2024

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Ukraine: Dozens Killed As Russia Carpet-Bombs Kharkiv

Report indicates that Russian rocket artillery opened fire on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city on Monday, February 28. Authorities in Kiev confirmed that dozens of civilians have been killed and hundreds wounded in what has been described as one of the most-serious attacks since the war began five days ago. A major shopping centre in the city was hit as a barrage of Grad rockets and Smerch missiles was fired from Russian positions. The unfortunate attack came as thousands of residents in Ukraine queued outside supermarkets for food. The bodies of dead and badly wounded civilians were seen littered in the streets from images and videos shared on social media. Other pictures showed BM-21 Grad rocket cartridges laying in the streets and inside apartments.

Footage of the massacre also showed multiple blasts thought to be unguided Grad rockets or banned cluster bombs raining down on Kharkiv in quick succession. The incident is coming as Ukrainian and Russian delegations sit down on the border with Belarus for peace talks. On Monday, February 28, Russian and Ukrainian delegations began their first talks since Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine last week. Ahead of the talks, the Ukrainian presidency had demanded an immediate Russian ceasefire and troop withdrawal. In a related development, the governments of Romania and Hungary have approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

This news was made public by the federal government through the ministry of foreign affairs in a statement on Sunday, February 27. In the statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, Nigerians in Ukraine were advised to flee to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County, and Maramures borders.