At least 500 residents of the northeastern city of Kharkiv have been killed since the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24, regional emergency services said. Ukraine’s second-largest city is under heavy fire from the Russian army.
Kharkiv’s mayor announced on Tuesday that more than 600 buildings in the city had been destroyed. “Schools, nurseries, hospitals and clinics have been destroyed.
He said on national television that the Russian army is constantly firing from the ground and from the air,” he said on national television.
The information from Kharkiv has not been independently verified. Russia denies carrying out attacks on civilian targets. Before the outbreak of the war, the city had about 1.4 million inhabitants. It is not clear how many of them are still in Kharkiv and how many have fled.