April 23, 2024

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Russian Troops Surround Kharkiv As 40-Mile Convoy Threatens Kyiv

Residential areas in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, were being pounded by Russian shells while a massive 40-mile convoy of Russian tanks and vehicles rolled toward the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Tuesday as the Ukraine war roared into its sixth day.

At least 11 people were killed and 35 wounded in the rockets strikes on Kharkiv, Interior Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko said. He said the rubble was still being cleared and that death toll was expected to rise. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called an attack on the city’s main square “frank, undisguised terror” and a war crime.

“Nobody will forgive. Nobody will forget,” Zelenskyy said. “This is state terrorism of the Russian Federation.” Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said Tuesday that his government remained under control but said the city is surrounded by Russian troops.

Terekhov said a government building and the opera and ballet theater were among building shelled. Transformer stations were also struck by artillery, cutting off power to much of the city, he said. The shelling had stalled efforts to supply the city with food and medical supplies, he said.

“There are casualties, and by now, there are certainly a lot more of them, after the night and morning shelling,” he told the Post. “The situation is pretty grave.”