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Russian air force lands in Kharkiv

The Ukrainian military said on Wednesday that Russian air forces had landed in Kharkiv overnight, citing ongoing fighting in the eastern Ukrainian city.

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“Russian air forces landed in Kharkiv (…) and attacked a local hospital,” the Ukrainian armed forces said in a statement in the Telegram.

“Fighting is going on between the invaders and the Ukrainians,” the statement said.

The announcement comes on the seventh day of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which began on February 24 and intensified on Tuesday.

Kharkiv, home to 1.4 million people near the Russian border, was hit by several bombings on Tuesday that killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, according to local officials.

More than a hundred people were injured in a Russian fire on Tuesday in Mariupol, a port in the Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov, the city’s mayor Vadim Poitchenko was quoted by Ukrainian media as saying.

In Kherson, its gates were already controlled by Russian forces, the latter seizing control of the railway station and port overnight, the city’s mayor Igor Kolykhayev was quoted as saying by local media.

In Borodyanka, 50 km from Kyiv, Russian airstrikes destroyed two residential buildings on Tuesday, according to Ukraine’s first deputy foreign minister, Emin Dijeper, who shared a video of gray buildings partially collapsing and apartment buildings on fire.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also indicated that it feared an attack on Belarus overnight.

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“Belarusian troops are on high alert and are concentrated in areas close to the Ukrainian border,” the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ukrainian intelligence noted that there was a “significant activity” of planes in the border area, and that vehicles carrying food and ammunition were found there, the report said.

In view of these movements, the Ministry warned that Belarus “may support Russian invaders in the future Russo-Ukrainian war.”

“Missile strikes against military and civilian targets in Ukraine have been” formally “launched from Belarusian territory since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, he added.

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