Russian shelling has hit the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Ukrainian officials reported Tuesday.
Oleh Sinehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, said the administration building in the center of Kharkiv came under Russian shelling Tuesday along with residential buildings.
Sinehubov didn’t give any specific numbers of casualties from the latest shelling.
The shelling took place as a 40-mile convoy of Russian tanks and other vehicles threatened Kyiv on Tuesday and both sides looked to resume talks in the coming days aimed at stopping the fighting.
On Monday, talks at the Belarusian border aimed at stopping the fighting yielded only an agreement to keep talking.
The country’s embattled president said the stepped-up shelling was aimed at forcing him into concessions.
“I believe Russia is trying to put pressure [on Ukraine] with this simple method,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Monday in a video address. He did not offer details of the hours-long ceasefire talks that took place earlier, but said that Kyiv was not prepared to make concessions “when one side is hitting each other with rocket artillery.”
In the same region, more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the head of the region wrote on Telegram.
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