Russian missiles kill 12 civilians in new attacks on and around Kharkiv

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Zelensky meets with Erdogan today to consider a mechanism that could resolve the conflict with Russia through negotiations

At least 12 deaths, including a child, and nearly 40 injuries have been caused by rocket attacks launched last night on Kharkov and the nearby city of Krasnograd. So say the mayor of Kharkov, the country’s second-largest after Kiev, Igor Terejov, and Oleg Sinegúbov, the region’s top administrative official. As Terejov announced Wednesday evening, “there were at least four rocket attacks (…) numerous fires have been declared.”

“The biggest fire broke out in the Cholodnogorsk district. A building is on fire and about to collapse, rescuers say. According to Sinegúbov, the first rocket shots hit a three-storey house in Saltovka that had been set up for people who lost their homes due to the bombings and where mainly the elderly and children were. The local official assured that “the destruction is terrible. 7 people died. 16 were injured, including an 11-year-old boy »and the search under the rubble for possible survivors or bodies continues.

“The Russians brutally and deliberately beat civilians. And now their so-called media outlets are spreading lies about alleged military installations. But they have not attacked any military installations, but only civilians, including pensioners and children. This is authentic terrorism,” Sinegúbov emphasized through his Telegram channel. The director of the Regional Civil Defense Department, Iván Sókol, estimates that there were “about 30 people in the residence at the time of the bombing”.

Later in the morning, Terejov reported on his Telegram account “another five rocket attacks (…) there is still no precise information, but there were no less than five explosions.” In this new raid, according to Sinegúbov, against the Slobodsky district, “two people were killed and 18 injured, including two minors.” The bombs also fell on the city of Krasnograd, about 80 kilometers south of Kharkov, with a preliminary death toll of two.

Kharkiv has so far managed to prevent it from falling into the hands of Russian forces, but it suffers from continuous shelling that has killed hundreds and destroyed its buildings and infrastructure. Russian forces are trying to hinder the advance of the Ukrainian army in its efforts to recapture the 30 kilometers of territory that separates this metropolis from the border with Russia.

According to Ukrainian presidency adviser Oleksiy Arestovich, who admitted a few weeks ago, Russian troops are also trying to remove Ukrainian artillery from the Kharkov area so that they do not attack the railway supplying them. However, if the information from the Ukrainian authorities is true, the attacks last night and this morning have little to do with actions directed against military targets.

Kharkiv, which had just over 1.4 million inhabitants before the war, is almost entirely Russian-speaking. At the end of February, it was almost occupied by Moscow’s troops, but the defenders managed to repel the offensive.

In this diabolical context, a meeting will take place today in Lviv, in the far west of Ukraine, between Ukrainian President Volodímir Zelensky, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. . Sources close to the Turkish presidency claim that Erdogan Zelensky will propose a mechanism to resolve the current conflict with Russia through negotiations, which have so far failed.

The Turkish agency Anadolu, citing the spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric, reports that Zelenski, Erdogan and Guterres will also look at Ukraine’s grain exports, the serious situation surrounding the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the explosion. which took place at the end of July. he killed the Ukrainian POWs held there in a prison in Olenivka (Donetsk).

On July 22, in Istanbul, Russia and Ukraine separately signed an agreement with Turkey and the UN to unblock the ports on the Black Sea. Under its terms, Russia will not attack ports while grain is being transported, while Ukraine agrees to escort cargo ships to avoid minefields. Since the signing of the agreement, some twenty ships have already departed from Ukrainian ports carrying grain to various world destinations.

Source: La Verdad

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