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Russia attacks Kharkiv with rockets, paratroopers & tanks, killing 21 as Putin orders city capture ‘at all costs’

The NGA launched a devastating assault on Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv after Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered his forces to capture it “at any cost”.

The eastern city – just 25 miles from the Russian border – has seen some of the bloodiest fighting as Moscow continued its onslaught last night with a series of attacks.

Huge explosion seen over Kharkiv this morning after a night of siege

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Huge explosion seen over Kharkiv this morning after a night of siege
Kharkiv's main police station partially collapsed after being hit by bullets during the siege

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Kharkiv’s main police station partially collapsed after being hit by bullets during the siegeCredit: AFP
Video appears to show Russian tanks massing outside Kharkiv

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Video appears to show Russian tanks massing outside Kharkiv

It comes as the war has raged for seven days and the world’s eyes are still on the massive 40-mile Russian convoy outside Kyiv.

Ukraine is likely to continue to bleed today after Putin warned the capital’s residents to leave before “high-precision attacks”.

Across the traumatic country, defenders continued to build a resilient resistance against the invaders.

But there is concern that Russia may soon begin to employ even more brutal tactics.

And some of these were felt in Kharkiv, which was hit with missiles by Russian bombers.

Russia has yet to win a major victory or capture a city – and it is believed to be working against Kharkiv.

Putin’s generals are understood to have been ordered to capture the city at all costs.

Footage from this morning shows a massive explosion ripping through the city center – and buildings including the city’s police station ablaze.

Putin’s forces have also managed to land paratroopers in the city, sparking fights that run through the city’s streets.

“Russian paratroopers landed in Kharkiv … and attacked a local hospital,” the Ukrainian military said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

“There is a war going on between the invaders and the Ukrainians.”

Ukraine also accuses Russia of firing 16 missiles from bombers at the city, while amateur footage shows mass field guns outside Kharkiv.

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Regional governor Oleg Synegubov said at least 21 people were killed and 112 wounded in shelling in the past 24 hours.

The siege of Kharkiv has been compared to the massacres of civilians in Sarajevo in the 1990s and condemns what President Volodymyr Zelensky called a “war crime”.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said: “There is practically no area left in Kharkiv where a shell has not yet hit.”


It comes as…


It comes as US President Joe Biden considers Vladimir Putin a “dictator”.

In his first Coalition speech, he warned that the Western campaign of sanctions to cripple Russia’s economy would escalate and its oligarchs were being targeted.

Biden praised the resolve of the Western alliance and voiced solidarity with Ukraine as lawmakers warmly applauded the Ukrainian people.

“A Russian dictator, foreign invaders, has to pay the price around the world,” he said.

The president, who had previously spoken by phone with Zelenskyy, announced new measures against Russia and its wealthy elite with a new task force aimed at cracking down on the “crimes” of the Russians. Russian tycoon.

Biden said Putin’s aggression was “premeditated and completely gratuitous” – but praised the Western alliance’s determination to respond with brutal sanctions.

He repeated his pledge that no US troops would be sent to Ukraine to confront the invading forces.

However, the lack of will to send foreign troops into the war has given Russia the space to pressurize with an attack on Ukrainian cities.

Rescuers in the rubble of destroyed houses Zhytomyr

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Rescuers in the rubble of destroyed houses ZhytomyrCredit: Reuters
Four people including a child died in the attack

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Four people including a child died in the attackCredit: Reuters
The fire from a burning house lit up in the night

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The fire from a burning house lit up in the nightCredit: Reuters
One of the apartment complexes attacked in Borodyanka

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One of the apartment complexes attacked in Borodyanka

In another development, four people including a child were killed when houses were hit by Russian missiles in Zhytomyr, about 90 million west of Kyiv.

Anton Gerashchenko said residential buildings were hit near the base of the 95th Airborne Brigade in Zhytomyr.

“So far, four people have died. One of them is a child,” said Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Interior Minister. Ukraine.

Video from the scene shows firefighters searching the smoldering rubble of surviving homes.

Flames continued to burn from buildings following the rocket attack on the city 75 miles west of the capital, Kyiv.

Photos shared on social media also showed damage to a nearby maternity hospital.

Later, the Interior Ministry said the missiles fired at the base were launched from Belarus.

It comes when other hateful images show the consequences of a Russian attacked the town of Borodyanka, about 35 miles northwest of Kyiv.

Video shows extensive damage to two large apartment blocks, which surround the yard, where Pinocchio Kindergarten is located.

Buildings were on fire or smoldering after the attack, but it was not clear if anyone was killed.

At least 136 people, including 13 children, have now been killed in Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24, the UN said.

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Meanwhile in Kyiv, at least five people were killed after Russian rockets hit the city, hitting the Holocaust memorial and the largest television pole in the Ukrainian capital.

As they prepared to try to take the city again, the Russians issued a chilling warning to Ukrainians fleeing parts of Kyiv.

The attack on the Babyn Yar memorial, where one of Nazi Germany’s deadliest war crimes is buried, has sparked outrage across Ukraine.

Between September 29 and 30, 1941, the Nazis and their collaborators murdered more than 33,000 Jews, dumping their bodies into a ravine.

It was the largest single massacre in the history of the Holocaust up to that point.

Criticizing Russia’s apparent indiscriminate targeting of a demilitarized site in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted: “For the world: what good is it to say ‘never repeat’ for 80 years , what if the world went silent when a bomb dropped on the same Baby Yar site?

“At least 5 people killed. History repeats…”

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba described the attack as “evil and barbaric”.

Britain’s ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, tweeted: “In case someone buys Putin’s ‘detoxification’ target, this is clear proof of its sickening emptiness.”

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on Tuesday said they are racing to provide billions of dollars more in funding for Ukraine.

Russian separatists gather at a separatist-controlled settlement in Mykolaivka

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Russian separatists gather at a separatist-controlled settlement in MykolaivkaCredit: Reuters
A tank decorated with the famous'Z' symbol in the Donetsk region

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A tank decorated with the famous ‘Z’ symbol in the Donetsk regionCredit: Getty
An explosion is seen at one of the main TV towers in Kyiv

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An explosion is seen at one of the main TV towers in KyivCredit: Reuters
Kyiv residents make Molotov cocktails before Russia attack

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Kyiv residents make Molotov cocktails before Russia attackCredit: EPA
The sand poured onto the street was made a temporary barricade by Kyiv

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The sand poured onto the street was made a temporary barricade by KyivCredit: AFP

Footage shows a fireball erupting next to the TV tower where the Holocaust memorial is located – temporarily knocking down all broadcasts.

The Home Office said equipment was damaged and “channels will not be available for a while”, but services resumed shortly thereafter.

It comes after Vladimir Putin’s Defense Ministry warned targets in the center of Ukraine’s capital would be hit with “high-precision weapons”.

Still lurking outside the city was a 40-mile column of Russian armor and artillery with fear of a new attack.

Russian forces are said to be aiming to capture the capital and overthrow the government led by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

U.S. defense officials say morale of some Russian units is running high and some of Putin’s forces have surrendered in Ukraine without a fight.

The same official was quoted as saying that Russia’s onslaught on Kyiv had stalled.

Concerns are widespread that Russia will turn to more indiscriminate bombing in order to weaken Ukraine’s resolve.

Meanwhile, residents arm themselves with guns and Molotov cocktails as they prepare for what could be a protracted siege.

Makeshift fences of tires, trucks and crates have been erected in front of Kyiv’s protective fence.

Signs also appeared in the capital with the content: “Russian soldier, go there”.

Others read “Lost Putin” and “The whole world is with Ukraine”.

Western officials fear Putin could launch new barbaric attacks as the invasion is seen as unplanned.

Russian commanders are said to have thought they could take Ukraine within 48 hours.

But now the invasion has lasted for almost a week and so far they have not captured a single major city.

Analysts fear that Putin’s growing frustration could lead to an even more ruthless and indiscriminate campaign to break their resistance.

Ukrainian authorities accuse the Russian military of conducting air strikes on residential areas in several cities, including the eastern city of Kharkiv, where fierce fighting is taking place.

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