Russia strikes cafe in Kharkiv, ten wounded

By Max Hunder

KHARKIV (Reuters) - A Russian airstrike on Ukraine's northeastern city of Kharkiv on Wednesday destroyed a cafe, damaged a nearby residential building and set a petrol station ablaze, and local officials said ten people were wounded, at least one severely.

"I’ve been left with nothing," owner Vahe Ohandzhanian told Reuters in the ruins of his cafe, which had a large chunk torn out of it by the blast, scattering corrugated iron roof panels and bricks dozens of metres away.

A 12-storey high rise across the road had nearly all its windows blown out. About 50 metres away, a green trolleybus also had all its windows blown out and its rear side covered in a vast spatter of blood that pooled in a puddle on the asphalt.

Regional prosecutors said the trolleybus driver had both legs amputated. Russia had used a UMPB D-30 guided bomb launched from bordering Belgorod region, prosecutors added on Telegram.

Three more people were hospitalized, according to regional governor Oleh Syniehubov.

Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, and the surrounding region have been targeted by Russian attacks since the start of the full-scale war in 2022.

Strikes have become far more intense in recent months, hitting civilian and energy infrastructure, and Russian forces have opened a new front north of the regional capital in recent weeks.

Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians but thousands have been killed and injured in its 27-months-old invasion of Ukraine.

(Reporting by Max Hunder; Additional reporting Yuliia Dysa; Editing by Peter Graff)