With shock in her eyes, the injured woman stares at those who are working to save her life. She has blood and dirt on her face, and serious injuries to her legs.
Around it, fires emerge from windows and bricks are scattered from bombed-out houses. She writhes in pain as the rescue crews work hard.
The woman is one of 19 people injured or killed in a Russian attack on Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, on Saturday.
The bombing has intensified in recent days. Cruise missiles bombed residential homes, cars, a market and shops on Saturday.
So far, the Kharkiv Prosecutor’s Office said at least two people were killed and 18 wounded after Saturday’s attack.
It is now feared that the attacks signal an escalation of the conflict in the east of the country, after the withdrawal of Russian forces from areas around the capital, Kyiv.
Eastern Ukraine has been hit hard
Towards the end of March, the Russian forces withdrew From the areas around the capital Kyiv. At the same time, the Donbass region in the east of the country became the new target of the Russian ground forces.
Satellite images from early April Russian columns are shown moving east of Kharkivtowards Donetsk and Luhansk, located in the Donbass.
Large areas here are already surrounded by the Russians. In the rest of eastern Ukraine, residents are evacuated as much as possible.
according to CNN 1,500 people fled the area’s cities on Saturday. 170 disembarked from severely affected Mariupol.
according to Al Jazeera The “liberation” or siege of Kharkiv was a goal of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of the war.
Kharkiv is close to the Russian border and close to the Russian-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.
– I lived for you, my sunshine
On Friday, nine people were killed and more than 50 wounded in another attack on a residential area of the city.
One of those killed in bombs was 15-year-old Artem Shevchenko. Associated Press photographers were present when the family said goodbye to the little boy.
The lifeless teenager was lying on a cold staircase. His mother shook him, caressed his face, and begged him to open his eyes.
– Open your eyes, please, mother Nina Shchenko pleads.
The grandmother stormed the rescuers and went to her son:
My baby, my sunbeam!
Honey, why should I live if you go? I lived for you. My sunbeam. To hell with them all. Kneeling on the boy, the grandmother cried, He should not be found anywhere, neither on earth nor in heaven.
The boy was placed in a black body bag. The grandmother wept in the arms of an ambulance worker as her grandson’s body was carried away.
Artem was no younger than he was killed on Friday. There was also a seven-month-old baby, he said AP.
Nor is Artem a victim of the first Kharkiv war. Ukrainian authorities say hundreds of civilians have been killed here since the beginning of the war.
and new Report On human rights violations in Ukraine by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) highlights how the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region has been subjected to continuous bombardment since 28 February.
According to the report, the population lives underground. The authorities in the area are now urging civilians to evacuate.
– At the moment there are no threats on the ground. But there is a possibility of more missile attacks on our city. In addition to bombs. So do not panic, says Mayor of Lozova Serhiy Zelensky.
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