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Russian forces struck a residential area in the city of Kharkiv on the afternoon of May 18, injuring at least five people, including two children, local officials reported.

Kharkiv, located in the northeast of Ukraine, has been a frequent target of Russian strikes since the start of the full-scale invasion in February 2022 due to its proximity to the border with Russia.

Russian forces launched new offensive operations in the north of Kharkiv Oblast on May 10, exposing Kharkiv and a number of border settlements in the region to heavy attacks.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Tereknov reported a series of explosions in the city at 2:50 p.m. local time on May 18. Later, he said that several houses were destroyed in the attack, and five people suffered injuries.

Among the wounded were two children, aged 13 and 16, Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.

The day before, a Russian glide bomb strike on Kharkiv killed four people and wounded over 30, according to Terekhov.

48 hours in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s most-bombed major city
The first signs that something ominous is happening in Kharkiv come as soon as the train from Kyiv reaches the suburbs of the city – as two pillars of smoke appear in the distance, every single phone in the carriage erupts with a piercing electronic squawking. “I guess we’ve arrived,
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