KYIV, Ukraine – Shelling in and around Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has worsened after weeks of Ukrainian fighting. Push back the Russian forces. From the northeastern city
“The shelling is intensifying today, and has been intensifying since last night,” Kharkiv Mayor Ehur Terikhov said on Ukrainian television on Monday. “Night, morning, day – various districts of Kharkiv city are under constant shelling.”
In the last 24 hours, ten neighborhoods or villages around the city have been attacked, Kharkiv’s head of regional administration Oliya Senbohov said in a Facebook post on Monday. Several people were injured, he wrote, and an old man died in the village of Tsurkuny, about 10 miles from Kharkiv, when he stepped on a landmine.
“Russian citizens continue to terrorize the population,” Mr Senebohoff added.
Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky warned Monday that Russia was “trying to mobilize troops to re-attack Kharkiv.”
“We ended up occupying the area,” he said Addressing a conference of international policy experts in Italy. “And they want to do it again.”
Last month, Ukrainian forces pushed Russian forces back to the border in parts of the region. But the area around Kharkiv is important for Russia’s efforts elsewhere in Ukraine.
The Russian military is using the railway lines around Kharkiv to supply troops who are apparently preparing to attack the city of Sloviansk. Institute for the Study of War, A research group based in Washington. Military analysts also Said That Russian forces are trying to keep the Ukrainian army occupied on the long front line so that it does not focus all its energy on fighting in the eastern city of Severodonitsk or retaliating in Khirsan.
Last week Amnesty International released one. Reports Russian forces have been accused of launching a “continuous indiscriminate bombing campaign against Kharkiv.” In May, the United Nations International Organization for Migration estimated that 23% of the more than 8 million Ukrainians who had to flee to other parts of the country were from the Kharkiv region.