An eight-year-old child was one of 15 people killed on Tuesday by Russian shelling in the eastern region of Kharkov, Governor Oleg Synegubov said.
Located in northeastern Ukraine, Kharkiv is a region bordering Russia where many residents who fled at the start of the invasion have begun to return after Russian attempts to take Ukraine’s second city were rebuffed.
“Fifteen people died and 16 were injured. These are the terrible consequences of Russian daytime shelling in the Kharkov region,” Synegubov told Telegram.
The deaths and injuries occurred in four separate incidents, he added.
Russian forces had fired on Chuguiv, a town 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of the city of Kharkov, killing six and wounding four, he said.
Another five people died and 11 were injured in the city of Kharkov, and an eight-year-old child was killed in the suburbs in an attack that also injured his mother.
Three more people died in Zolochiv, a small town 40 kilometers north of the city.
“This is terrorism. These are crimes against humanity that must be punished!” said Synegubov.
The city of Kharkiv, just 50 kilometers from the Russian border, was heavily shelled by Moscow’s forces at the start of the invasion, but Ukrainian forces regained control after fighting that severely damaged the city.
Since then, Russian forces have refocused their efforts on taking the eastern Donbas area, which includes the Donetsk and Lugansk regions southeast of Kharkov.
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