Russian strikes injured at least nine people in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, a Ukrainian military official said Friday, a day after Moscow’s forces killed dozens of people in a nearby village in one of the deadliest attacks against civilians of the war.
In a Telegram post, Kharkiv region military administration chief Oleh Syniehubov said an 11-month old child was among those wounded.
Several cars had caught fire and buildings were damaged, he said.
Some context: The strikes come a day after Moscow’s forces targeted a cafe and a shop in the village of Hroza, with what Ukrainian officials say was a powerful Iskander ballistic missile, killing at least 51 people, including a 6-year-old boy.
Hroza is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the front lines of the war near Kupiansk, the city in the Kharkiv region that Russian forces seized early on in the war before it was liberated by the Ukrainians a year ago.
The Ukrainian military has since been trying to resist advances from Moscow. For Kyiv, the city is strategically important to prevent Russia from accessing the nearby Oskil River — where it is much easier to cross than further south.
This post has been updated with additional information.