“Russian airborne forces landed in Kharkiv and attacked a local hospital,” the Ukrainian military said in a statement on the Telegram app.
“There is a fight going on right now between the invaders and the Ukrainians,” he added.
The announcement of this landing comes on the seventh day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24 and intensified on Tuesday.
Kharkiv is a city located in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia, with a population of 1.4 million, most of whom speak Russian.
Since the first day of the invasion, the Russian forces have been trying to control this city, and they targeted it, on Tuesday, with fierce bombing that left at least 10 people dead and more than 20 wounded, according to the local authorities.
Ukrainian media quoted the mayor of Mariupol, the port city on the Sea of Azov, as saying that more than 100 people were injured by the Russian bombing.
As for Kherson, whose entrances were controlled by Russian forces, it witnessed during the night the advance of the attacking forces, which took control of the railway station and the city’s port, according to local media, quoting the city’s mayor, Igor Kulekhaev.
In Borodinka, about 50 km from Kyiv, Russian air strikes destroyed two apartment buildings on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian First Deputy Foreign Minister Amina Jabarova, who posted a video showing the two buildings partially destroyed and fire erupted from them.
During the night, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry expressed its fear of an attack from Belarus.
“Belarusian forces have been placed on high alert and are in the concentration areas closest to the border with Ukraine,” the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.
She added that the Ukrainian intelligence monitored during the day on Tuesday a “significant activity” of aircraft in the border area, and convoys of vehicles were seen transporting food and ammunition to this area.
The ministry warned that in light of these moves, “Belarus is likely in the future to support the Russian invaders in the Russo-Ukrainian war.”
It added that “missile attacks against military and civilian targets” in Ukraine have been “systematically” launched from Belarusian territory since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.