Russia Launches Rocket Attacks on Kharkiv, Bears Down on Kyiv

Fighting also continues near the southeastern city of Mariupol

Fighting continued in Ukraine for a fifth day on Monday, with heavy Russian rocket fire reported in the northeastern city of Kharkiv.

Local Ukrainian authorities said Russian artillery hit residential districts of Kharkiv. Officials said at least 11 people were killed in Kharkiv, but at this point, nothing is confirmed. For their part, Russia denies that it is targeting residential areas.

Meanwhile, satellite images show a Russian military convoy north of Kyiv that is headed towards the city. Western media outlets are reporting that the convoy stretches 40 miles, but that number is not confirmed. Earlier reports said the convoy was only 3.25 miles long.

The convoy reportedly came within 17 miles of Kyiv on Monday, signaling that Russia could be preparing a major assault on the city.

Fighting has also continued near the southeastern port city of Mariupol in the Donetsk oblast. A militia spokesperson for the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic said early Tuesday that the Ukrainian forces are preparing “preparing provocations” in Mariupol, signaling a possible escalation in the region.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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