Moscow says eight people have been killed in an attack by Ukraine on the Russian city of Belgorod

According to Russian officials, the number is rising. Russian emergency services announced on Sunday (12 May) that eight people were found dead after a building collapsed in the Russian city of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine. In Telegram. Officials have accused the Ukrainian military of being behind the blast as Russia launches an offensive against the neighboring Ukrainian region of Kharkiv.

Russia is demanding new developments in the Kharkiv region. Two days after the Russian military launched a ground offensive, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed responsibility for seizing four additional areas in this border region of northeastern Ukraine. On Saturday, Moscow said it had captured six Ukrainian villages, including five in the Kharkiv region.

Evacuation of the Kharkiv region continues. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from border areas in the face of a Russian offensive, the governor of this region of northeastern Ukraine said on Sunday.

Ukraine says it is retaliating against Russia’s attack. In a speech on Saturday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that Ukrainian counter-offensives were underway in the Kharkiv region. “Our first task now is to disrupt Russian offensive plans.”He said it was necessary “Return the effort to Ukraine”. He again urged Kiev’s allies to speed up arms deliveries.

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