An eight-year-old child was among 15 people killed by Russian shelling on Tuesday in the eastern Kharkiv region, Governor Oleg Synegubov said.
Located in northeastern Ukraine, Kharkiv is a region bordering Russia where many residents who fled at the start of the invasion began to return after Russian attempts to seize the second city of Ukraine were postponed.
“Fifteen people died and 16 were injured. Such are the terrible consequences of the Russian daytime shelling in the Kharkiv region,” Synegubov said on Telegram.
The deaths and injuries occurred in four separate incidents, he added.
Russian forces fired on Chugiv, a town 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of the city of Kharkiv, killing six people and wounding four, he said.
Five other people died and 11 were injured in the city of Kharkiv, and an eight-year-old child was killed in the suburbs in an attack that also injured his mother.
Three other people died in Zolochiv, a small town 40 kilometers north of the city.
“This is terrorism. These are crimes against humanity that must be punished!” said Synegubov.
The city of Kharkiv, located just 50 kilometers from the Russian border, was heavily bombarded by Moscow forces at the start of the invasion, but Ukrainian forces regained control after battles that severely damaged the city.
Russian troops have since refocused their efforts on capturing the eastern Donbass region, which includes Donetsk and Lugansk regions southeast of Kharkiv.
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