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Not Fewer Than 70 Ukrainians Soldiers Killed In Strike On Military Base

People remove debris at the site of the military base in Okhtyrka. Photograph: Press Service Of The Ukrainian Ground /Reuters

More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the head of the region wrote on Telegram.

Dmytro Zhyvytskyy posted photographs of the charred shell of a four-story building and rescuers searching rubble. In a later Facebook post, he said many Russian soldiers and some local residents also were killed during the fighting on Sunday. The report could not immediately be confirmed.

Russian rockets stirke buildings in Kharkiv

At least nine people have been killed and 37 injured after Russian forces launched multiple rocket strikes on the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in what appeared to mark a change in tactics by Moscow towards bombing civilian areas.

The city’s mayor, Ihor Terekhov, said the toll included the deaths of three children.

“Today we had a very difficult day. It showed us that it’s not just a war, this is a massacre of Ukrainian people,” Terekhov said on his Telegram account. “The missiles hit residential buildings, killing and injuring peaceful civilians. Kharkiv has not seen such damage for a very long time. And this is horrible.”

He said four people were killed when they emerged from a shelter to find water and a family of two adults and three children were burned alive in their car.

The video showed dozens of Grad missiles raining down on the centre of Ukraine’s second-biggest city, landing among residential buildings. One resident described the attack as “horrendous” and the worst yet, following five days of remorseless bombardment and Russia’s invasion.

The attack came despite a call between the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and Vladimir Putin in which, according to the Elysée Palace, the Russian president had said he was “willing to commit” to ending attacks on civilians and civil infrastructure while peace talks in Belarus were underway.

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