A 10-year-old boy and his grandmother were killed in a Russian strike in Ukraine on Friday, local officials said. The bombing came the morning after one of the deadliest attacks on civilians since the war began.
Friday’s missile strike in Kharkiv, the second biggest city in Ukraine, hit a residential building and left more than 20 people injured, according to Oleh Synehubov, the head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration. Oleh Bychko, the father of the boy killed in the attack, told Reuters that he’d managed to pull his wife and younger son out of the rubble. His lost son’s name was Tymofiy.
The upsurge in attacks on civilians comes after a number of embarrassing blows against Russia from Ukraine’s counter-offensive, including a missile attack right on the HQ of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet last month. This week, Russian ships were withdrawn from Crimea where their safety could no longer be assured.