Kyiv: In a spine chilling attack, Russia on Tuesday (March 1) hit the heart of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. The attack took place right at the centre of the Kharkiv region, Freedom Square.
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Dzheppar shared the horrifying video on Twitter with the caption, “Russian missile hits Freedom Square, right in the centre of Kharkiv. More and more innocent civilians become victims of Russian barbaric actions.”
— Emine Dzheppar (@EmineDzheppar) March 1, 2022
A video shared by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter shows an administrative building in Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second major city after Kyiv – go up in flames after a Russian missile hits it.
Russia is waging war in violation of international humanitarian law. Kills civilians, destroys civilian infrastructure. Russiaʼs main target is large cities that now fired at by its missiles.
📍Kharkiv, Administration building pic.twitter.com/BJgyNnDp1h
— MFA of Ukraine 🇺🇦 (@MFA_Ukraine) March 1, 2022
The building hit by the Russian missile is the regional administration headquarter of Kharkiv. Meanwhile, an Indian student also lost his life in the shelling.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is not designed to occupy territory but to destroy its southern neighbour`s military capabilities and capture what it regards as dangerous nationalists.
At the UN special session on the Ukraine invasion yesterday, Kyiv said 352 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed so far.
About half a million people have been forced to flee the country since Russia attacked it, the UN human rights body has said.
Latest satellite images show a 64-km long convoy of Russian troops stationed outside Kyiv. The US has warned that the Russian attack has been slowed down, but not stopped.
Pentagon spokesman Kirby said fuel shortages, other logistical issues, and unexpectedly stiff resistance from Ukraine’s military had slowed the Russian advance.
Nevertheless, he said, the Russians have an overwhelming force that is determined to seize key cities and oust the Ukrainian government.
“Make no mistake, Mr Putin still has at his disposal significant combat power. He hasn’t moved all of it into Ukraine,” Kirby said.
“They have suffered setbacks, but I don’t think we can just assume that they’re going to stay set back.”
The first round of talks between Moscow and Kyiv in Belarus has not made a breakthrough but a Ukraine representative said the possibility of more negotiations was discussed.