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At least six killed after Russia and Ukraine exchange attacks

Workers carry a dead body killed after an apartment building was hit by Russian air bomb killing at least three and injuring 23, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 22nd 2024
Workers carry a dead body killed after an apartment building was hit by Russian air bomb killing at least three and injuring 23, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 22nd 2024 Copyright Andrii Marienko/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved
Copyright Andrii Marienko/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved
By Daniel Bellamy with AP
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At least three people were killed in a Russian bombing attack on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, on Saturday afternoon, Ukraine's president said.

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Another 38 people were wounded in the attack, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said. Four aerial bombs were launched against the city, damaging residential buildings, shops and public transport stops, said Kharkiv regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov. He said that four of the wounded were in serious condition.

And Russian authorities said three people were killed in Ukrainian drone and missile attacks on Sunday.

The dead included two who were killed by debris that fell on them when five Ukrainian missiles were shot down in Sevastopol, a city in Russia-annexed Crimea, said Mikhail Razvozhayev, the city's Moscow-installed governor. Twenty-two people were injured, he said.

One person was also killed and three injured in Russia’s Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, when three Ukrainian drones attacked the city of Grayvoron, regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

President Volodmyr Zelenskyy said last month that Ukraine still urgently needs at least seven more Patriot missile systems to fend off Russian strikes against the power grid and civilian areas, as well as military targets, with devastating glide bombs that wreak wide destruction.

Russia has also continued to target Ukraine's energy infrastructure with a new barrage of missiles and drones overnight, officials in Kyiv said. The attacks damaged energy facilities in the southeast and west and injured at least two workers.

Ukraine is struggling with a new wave of rolling blackouts after relentless Russian attacks on energy infrastructure that started three months ago took out half the country’s power generation capacity. Ukraine’s air defences intercepted 12 of the 16 missiles and all 13 drones launched by Russia, the air force said.

State-owned power grid operator Ukrenergo said the strikes damaged equipment at facilities in southeastern Zaporizhzhia and the western Lviv region. Two energy workers were injured in Zaporizhzhia when a fire broke out at an energy facility, according to regional Gov. Ivan Fedorov.

Aftermath of Russian bombing that killed at least three and injuring 23, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 22, 2024
Aftermath of Russian bombing that killed at least three and injuring 23, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 22, 2024AP/Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP

With no major changes reported along the 1,000-kilometre front line, where a recent push by the Kremlin’s forces in eastern and northeastern Ukraine has made only incremental gains, both sides have taken aim at infrastructure targets, seeking to curb each other’s ability to fight in a war that is now in its third year.

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