At least four people were killed in the shelling of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, on Tuesday.
The city’s regional governor said at least four people were killed and four injured in the Russian shelling of the city.
“As a result of the shelling of the central part of Kharkiv, at least 4 people died and 4 others were injured,” Oleh Synehubov said on the Telegram messaging app.
According to initial reports, the missile strikes landed in a central part of the city, hitting a public park, a kindergarten and an area near a hospital.
The city’s mayor, Ihor Terekhov, said that after the shelling, a fire broke out in a residential building, which means that the number of victims could increase. He did not confirm the nature of the buildings hit by the missiles.
Maria Avdeeva, research director at the European Association of Experts in Ukraine, said: “Brutal artillery attack during the day on the central part of Kharkiv. 5 people killed, 9 injured.
“Missiles hit the recreation park, where people were sunbathing, the kindergarten and the area near the hospital.”
Russian shelling also hit residential areas in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, killing two people and destroying homes, city officials said.
Witnesses said the strike hit a house right next to a school, killing a woman.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Russian troops to flee for their lives as his forces launched an offensive near the occupied city of Kherson, saying the Ukrainian army was retaking their territory.
Speaking in his Monday night address, Mr Zelensky promised that Ukrainian troops would pursue the Russian army “to the border”.
“If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian army to flee. Go home,” he said.
“Ukraine takes back its own.”
In an intelligence update on Tuesday, the UK Ministry of Defense said: “Long-range Ukrainian precision strikes continue to disrupt Russian resupply.
“It is not yet possible to confirm the extent of Ukrainian advances.
“However, since the beginning of August, Russia has made considerable efforts to build up its strength on the western bank of the Dnipro around Kherson.”