Baby dies in rocket attack on hotel in eastern Ukraine

A two-month-old baby has been killed in a Russian missile attack on a hotel in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, according to official reports.

Three women, aged 21, 28 and 39, were reportedly hospitalised with blast and shrapnel injuries, including the mother of the child who was killed.

The military governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Syniehubov, disclosed this on his Telegram channel on Tuesday.

The three-storey building in the settlement of Solochiv collapsed as a result of the strike. Syniehubov spoke of “another terrorist attack against civilians”.

The village, to the north-west of Kharkiv city, is said to have been hit with converted S-300 air defence missiles, which Russia regularly uses to fire at ground targets in its war of aggression against Ukraine.

The Kharkiv region, which borders Russia, is one of the hardest hit by the war in Ukraine.

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Syniehubov reported artillery and grenade launcher attacks on 20 other villages in the region, and said that there had also been air strikes.

The locations mentioned by Syniehubov in this context are in the Kupyansk district, where Russian troops are advancing from the east.

The Ukrainian army liberated the strategically important railway junction on the banks of the Oskil River as part of its counteroffensive in the autumn of 2022, and Russian forces are now attempting to recapture it.

 

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