« The aftermath of a missile strike on Kharkov was seen on Friday, with footage showing damaged residential buildings with shattered windows, as well as rescue workers clearing rubble.
Damaged cars, a crater and other debris in the street could also be seen.
Ukrainian authorities accused Russia of striking the city, alleging that a 10-year-old boy had been killed and dozens injured.
The Russian Defence Ministry has not commented on the allegations of an attack.
Earlier, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov reiterated Moscow’s policy of not targeting civilian sites, and claimed that Russian strikes ‘are carried out against military infrastructure, places where military personnel and representatives of the military leadership are concentrated’.
It came one day after Ukrainian officials accused Russia of killing 51 people who were reportedly attending a soldier’s funeral in a small community in Kharkov region.
Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.
Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and the US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow. »