UKRAINIAN President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of war crimes after a shooting that killed 11 people and destroyed a school in Kharkiv.
Terrible video has surfaced from Ukraine’s second city shows indiscriminate bombing of civilians.
Footage shows volleys of rockets or bomblets falling on residential areas in the heavily populated Rusia-friendly city.
The midday raid left at least 11 people dead, including three children – and other shelling also destroyed a school.
Kharkiv was resilient against the Russian invaders even though it was only 25 miles from the border.
But this resistance seems to have led to Vladimir Putin causing a terrifying explosion to the city’s 1.5 million inhabitants.
It comes amid chilling warnings that Russian generals have been ordered to capture the city at all costs.
Zelenskyy gave a late-night speech accusing Russia of war crimes – and by dawn there were street battles raging across Kharkiv.
The heroic leader said: “Today, Russian forces brutally fired rockets at Kharkiv. It was clearly a war crime.
“Kharkiv is a peaceful city, with peaceful residential areas, no military facilities.
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“Dozens of eyewitness accounts prove that this was not a fake volley but a deliberate destruction of people: the Russians knew where they shot.
“There will certainly be an international tribunal for this crime – it violates all conventions. No one in the world will forgive you for killing peaceful Ukrainians.”
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And speaking on GMB earlier, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, former Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO, also accused Russia of using vacuum bombs with terrible destructive power.
“They are engaged in a bitter war for the cities. This now turns to another very bitter phase of the war,” he said.
“It has to be exposed to the Russians. They are just spreading propaganda, they need to be told the truth, so that they understand what is being done in their name.
“They’re using a thermobaric weapon – it creates a fuel-air mixture, sucks oxygen out of the surrounding air, creates a shockwave, which is highly destructive, affecting anyone in shelter. in the vault, it’s extremely disruptive, that’s why it’s banned.
“On the humane way to fight wars, they’re on a different scale”
In a separate development, Britain’s UN Ambassador Dame Barbara Woodward said “hundreds of civilians have been killed as a result of the Russian invasion”.
She warned seven million people have been displaced, with the number “growing exponentially”.
The ambassador warned that Ukraine was moving towards a “humanitarian crisis” and accused Russia of using cluster munitions in Kharkiv.
Ukraine’s representative, Sergiy Kyslytsya, told the council that Kyiv was “sitting in Russia’s sights right now” and that 352 people, including 16 children, had been killed as of Monday in the fighting.
He accused the Moscow army of attacking hospitals and ambulances with the determination to “kill civilians”, adding: “There is no question. These are war crimes.”
But Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent UN representative, said his country’s armed forces “have no objective to occupy Ukraine or cause harm to the local population”.
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said he plans to open an investigation “as quickly as possible” into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.
In another development, Kyiv was rocked by loud explosions after Russian air strikes on the Ukrainian capital.
Dramatic video shows the night sky brightening, as a massive 40-mile column of Russian tanks was previously seen approaching the city.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, air raid sirens sounded across the city as police officers rushed to get people to shelters.
Vladimir Putin’s army is said to be seeking to encircle Kyiv after earlier attacks by advanced forces. repulsed in fierce battles.
Kyiv is preparing for an even more onslaught after the Russians unleashed hell on Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv using deadly cluster bombs.
Satellite imagery provider Maxar Technologies said the convoy on the eastern edge of Kyiv’s Antonov airport contained hundreds of armored vehicles, tanks, towed artillery and logistical support vehicles.
Other images also show Russian ground forces stationed in Zdvyzhivka, northeast of Kyiv.
On Monday night, it is also report According to Dmytro Zhyvytskyy, the head of the region, more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka.
He shared photos of the charred shell of a four-story building and later noted in a Facebook post that Russian soldiers and several local residents were also killed in Sunday’s fighting. Sunday, AP reported.
Meanwhile, in Kyiv, many were bracing for a new onslaught with makeshift barricades dotting the streets on Monday night.
The inhabitants of the city still defied the onslaught.
“We will greet them with Molotov cocktails and bullets to the head,” said banker Viktor Rudnichenko.
“The only flowers they can get from us will be for their graves.”
The Russian military called on Ukrainians to leave Kyiv “free” on a highway ahead of an expected Russian offensive to capture the capital.
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Ukraine’s military said it fought off several attempts by Russian forces to target the outskirts of Kyiv overnight with the capital also hit by three missile strikes.
Despite Ukraine’s success in repelling all attacks on Kyiv to date, US officials fear Putin’s forces could still prevail, after rethinking their tactics.
“They’ve been slowed down and they’re frustrated that there’s been no progress on Kyiv,” said a CNN official, who asked not to be named.
“And one of the things that could result is a re-evaluation of their tactics and their ability to become more aggressive and more overt both in terms of the size and scale of their targeting of Kyiv.”
The Russians unleashed a devastating missile and rocket attack – as two-faced Kremlin officials met with a Ukrainian delegation to talk about peace.
With such an indiscriminate attack, it raises new concerns amid the escalating violence in Ukraine – already Many civilians and some children were killed.
“The Russian occupiers fired continuously at the residential areas of Kharkiv. Dozens of people died and hundreds of Ukrainian citizens were injured,” the Ukrainian general staff said.
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: “We will never forget and forgive this crime against humanity – our ostentatious executions of Kharkiv by the Russians.
“With particular irony and cruelty, the Hail destroyed residential areas and houses.”
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