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Many people killed, hundreds injured as Russia bombs Ukraine’s City, despite ceasefire talks

Many people killed, hundreds injured as Russia bombs Ukraine’s City, despite ceasefire talks

Many people were feared dead and hundreds sustained varying degrees of injuries when Russian rocket recently hit Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine amid prolonged ceasefire talks between the two countries.

This was made known on Monday by the Ukrainian interior ministry adviser, Anton Herashchenko.

According to Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, the reports of deadly Russian strikes on densely populated civilian Ukrainian areas has been disturbing.

“There are lots of pictures [circulating on social media] showing explosions and suggestions that Grad rocket fire has been used, others that bombs have been dropped by the air, and there are lots of [videos showing] flashes that indicate secondary explosions, and the use of cluster munitions in amongst all of that,” said Hull.

The news came hours after the Ukrainian presidency said it had begun negotiations with a Russian delegation on the border with Belarus, aimed at achieving “an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces”.

Pre-dawn blasts were again heard in the capital, Kyiv, in Kharkiv and in the port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, officials said, but they added that the attempts of Russian ground forces to capture major urban centres were still being repelled.

The country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, who recently backed Putin’s military assault on Ukraine after earlier playing an intermediary role, could also send troops to help Russia in the next 24 hours, according to a senior American intelligence official.

Terrified Ukrainian families huddled in shelters, basements or corridors, with millions thought to have fled their homes and more than 500,000 having left Ukraine to escape the biggest invasion of a European country since the second world war.

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