Russia slams Kharkiv residential building in deadly guided bomb attack

Russia bombed a residential building in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Saturday, killing three people and wounding almost 40, as it stepped up renewed hostilities.

Officials said a guided bomb attack hit Ukraine's second largest city, located close to the Russian border, and President Volodymyr Zelensky posted footage of the torn-off facade of an apartment block and a crater outside.

"Russian terrorists have again hit Kharkiv with guided bombs," he wrote on Telegram, announcing three dead while rescuers still searched the rubble.

Regional governor Oleg Synegubov said there were 37 injured. "Doctors are fighting for the lives of 4 patients - two women and two men, who are in serious condition."

He posted photos of blown-out windows and cars and a minibus damaged by the blast, which tore through the walls of flats, leaving tangled wreckage and rubble.

Rescuers worked with dogs, cutting through doors and spraying water at a fire in the flats near the city's central bus station.

Bodies in bags were laid on the ground outside, an AFP journalist saw.

One dead woman lay at a bus stop, wearing bright sandals, her bag by her side.

An elderly woman with blood running down her face and legs was helped onto a stretcher as she protested she did not want to go to hospital.

Prosecutors said Russia used its new UMPB D-30 SN guided bombs, launched from the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine.

Synegubov said "only civilian infrastructure was damaged".

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