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One in four children killed in Russian strike on Ukrainian town, interior minister says

Four people were killed when homes in the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr were hit on Tuesday by a Russian cruise missile apparently aimed at a nearby air base.

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, said on his Telegram channel that residential buildings near the base of the 95th Airborne Brigade in Zhytomyr, 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital Kyiv, had been set on fire.

He said: “So far four people have died. One of them is a child.”

Moscow on Tuesday warned residents of the capital Kiev to flee their homes and rained down rockets on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, as Russian commanders stepped up their bombardment of urban areas in a change of tactics after the shutdown of their six-day assault.

Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Lyashko wrote on his Facebook page that Russian forces killed a pediatric anesthesiologist, shooting at her car as she drove her injured nephew to hospital from the village of Kukhari in the Kyiv region.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said a total of 16 high-precision guided missiles were fired between 7:07 p.m. and 7:51 p.m. (5:07 p.m. GMT and 5:51 p.m. GMT) on Monday at residential areas of Kharkiv from a strategic bomber flying over Belgorod in Russia . Region.

“High-rise buildings, schools, kindergartens and other city infrastructure have been destroyed,” the ministry said on its Facebook page.

“According to preliminary data, dozens of Kharkiv residents, including children, died from these airstrikes,” he added.

“Unfortunately, in the current situation, it is extremely difficult for the air force to cover the skies of this region, because part of the country’s air defense system has been destroyed by ballistic and cruise missile strikes. Russians.”

In the predominantly Russian-speaking city of Donetsk, in territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists, local authorities said three civilians were killed by Ukrainian shelling.

The self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, recognized as independent by Moscow last week, was one of the transit points used by Russian forces that invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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