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Caught on cam: Russian missile hits at heart of Ukraine's 2nd biggest city [Watch]

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 March 2022, 14:25 IST
Russia-Ukraine Conflict

A video that displays Russian attacks in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, has been shared by a minister, criticising the Moscow's advance that is going on for the sixth straight day regardless of ceasefire dialogues and global pressure.

The Ukrainian minister Emine Dzheppar tweeted, "Russian missile hits Freedom Square, right in the centre of Kharkiv. More and more innocent civilians become victims of Russian barbaric actions. #StopWarInUkraine".


Putting out the same clip, Ukraine's foreign ministry wrote on Twitter: "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." Kyiv has also appealed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for action against Russia.

Oleg Synegubov, head of the Kharkiv regional state administration, was quoted as saying by Reuters that the Kremlin launched GRAD and cruise missiles on Kharkiv and was guilty of war crimes. Residential areas and city administration buildings were hit. “This is a war to destroy the Ukrainian people," Kharkiv's mayor said.

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that some of Russia’s alleged actions in Ukraine, if true, “would potentially be a war crime.”

On the escalated shelling coexisting with ceasefire talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said "The talks were taking place against the backdrop of bombing and shelling of our territory, our cities. Synchronising of the shelling with the negotiating process was obvious. I believe Russia is trying to put pressure (on Ukraine) with this simple method."

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First published: 1 March 2022, 14:25 IST