DEFIANT leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy attacked President Putin as the dictator’s rockets razed a Ukrainian city yesterday.
After the horrific bombardment of civilians in Kharkiv, distraught and angry President Zelenskyy warned Putin: “No one will forgive. No one will ever forget it.”
A fireball engulfed the town hall as a rocket pierced the famous building, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more.
Shocking reports emerged last night of a family burning to death together after a Russian missile hit their car.
President Zelenskyy accused Russia of “complete, undisguised terror” after yesterday’s attack. He said Putin was “a villain armed with missiles” and called for the destruction of Russia’s finances.
Footage shows the moment a Grad rocket is suspected to have hit Kharkiv’s government building, sending bricks and debris hundreds of feet into the air.
The explosion tore a hole through the six-story structure, blew out more than 70 windows and created a mushroom-dense cloud of black smoke that enveloped the city of 1.4 million people.
Apprentice doctor Naveen Gyanagoudar, 22, is considered one of the dead.
The Indian student was studying at the National Medical University and was “killed in shelling in Kharkiv”, officials in Delhi confirmed.
‘Crime against humanity’
Pals said he left his underground bomb shelter on a quest for food.
The country’s second city has been attacked repeatedly since Putin invaded, but bombardment had increased considerably in the preceding 48 hours.
Footage emerged yesterday of a massive explosion believed to be an ammunition depot hit on the edge of the city. Medics were forced to move a maternity ward to a bomb shelter.
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Mothers had to give birth with mattresses piled up on the walls. The attack at 8 a.m. yesterday was seen as punishment after the city repelled two land invasions. It follows a deadly bombardment on Monday that left at least nine people dead and dozens injured. The death toll is expected to rise.
Footage of a strike on Sunday appeared to show bomblets banned from being detonated in civilian areas – which rights groups say could be a war crime.
In a separate attack northwest of Kharkiv, human rights investigators said they saw evidence of cluster bombs being dropped on a preschool leaving a child and two adults sheltering inside. die.
Russian forces have an embarrassing record of using cluster munitions in densely populated areas.
“Russian forces have an embarrassing record of using cluster munitions in densely populated areas,” the charity said.
Bellingcat investigators have collected dozens of photographs of the remnants of the cluster bomb.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague said it was opening an investigation into “crimes against humanity” and war crimes in Ukraine.
But many fear Russia’s armed forces will switch to even more aggressive tactics after Putin criticized his generals for his slow pace of conquest.
His defense minister, General Sergey Shoiguaccused Ukraine’s armed forces of hiding “multi-launch rocket systems, large-caliber guns and mortars in the courtyards of residential buildings, near schools and kindergartens”.
The statement is seen as a warning that Russia will target these places regardless of the risk to civilian lives. Last night there were reports that Kharkiv was almost surrounded by Russian forces. It is seen as a symbolic award for Moscow – especially if Putin’s troops are unable to capture Kyiv.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4801880/zelenskyy-russia-financial-kharkiv-bombardment/ Angry Ukrainian president calls for Russian financial ruin after Kharkiv’s horrific bombardment