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  •   Home > News > International

    Blasts hit Kharkhiv and Crimea with seven dead across Ukraine and Russia

    As Russia's aerial bombardment of Kharkiv in north-east Ukraine continues, Russian authorities say falling debris from Ukrainian missiles has killed people in the illegally-annexed territory of Crimea.


    A woman has walked away after a Russian missile landed metres from her at an intersection in the Ukrainian city of Kharkhiv. 

    CCTV footage captured the lone woman walking towards a street corner on Saturday when an explosion sent a huge fireball blasting through the area, smashing windows and sending debris flying. 

    Reuters was able to confirm the location from the light poles, billboard, signs, buildings and road layout which match street view imagery of the area. The date was verified by the timestamp seen on the footage.

    A fresh attack on Kharkiv killed at least one person and injured 11 on Sunday, according to local officials, following Saturday strikes which killed three people and injured 52. 

    Mayor Ihor Terekhov said the city was attacked by a guided bomb and that around half of Kharkiv lost electricity because of the strike.

    Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said 41 people were still being treated for injuries on Sunday.

    Russia has regularly bombed Kharkiv throughout Moscow's 28-month full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

    Russian troops are currently about 20 km from the city's outskirts, having gained some ground in a May offensive from the border.

    Illegally-annexed territory of Crimea struck by drone attacks

    Russian authorities say six people were been killed and over 100 wounded in Ukrainian drone and missile attacks on Sunday.

    Five people — including two children — were killed by falling debris from Ukrainian missiles that were shot down over a coastal area in Sevastopol, a port city in Russia-annexed Crimea, said Mikhail Razvozhayev, the city's Moscow-installed governor.

    Another person died in Grayvoron city in Russia's Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

    Mr Razvozhayev said 151 people were wounded in Sevastopol.

    Falling rocket fragments caused a forest fire of over 150 square meters (1,600 square feet) and set a residential building alight, RIA Novosti said, noting that a fifth missile had exploded over the city.

    Russia's Defence Ministry said both Ukraine and the US bore "responsibility for a deliberate missile strike on civilians", and that US-supplied ATACMS missiles were used in the Ukranian attack.

    Mr Razvozhayev declared on Monday a day of mourning in Sevastopol, with public events cancelled.

    Air defences overnight shot down 33 Ukrainian drones over Russia's western Bryansk, Smolensk, Lipetsk and Tula regions, Russian authorities said. 

    No casualties or damage were reported.

    The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin had been "in constant contact with the military" since the attack on Sevastopol.

    Neither Ukraine nor the United States has commented con the attack.

    Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and the peninsula is seen as a Russian territory by Moscow despite most governments worldwide considering it to belong to Ukraine. 

    Reuters/AP

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