This developing story will be updated as soon as more information is available. 

Update from 6:38 p.m.: Oleh Syniehubov reports about 17 injured.

Update from 5:37 p.m.: Police reports that the number of casualties in the attack increased. Russian glide bombs injured at least 16 people, including 3 children.

KHARKIV, UKRAINE, May 14 — At about 4:10 p.m., Russian forces hit residential neighborhoods of Kharkiv with at least three glide bombs. 

According to Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov, the attack injured at least nine people. All of them have either light injuries or an acute stress reaction. Syniehubov also reported that one of the Russian bombs hit a 12-story apartment building.

Russia attacks Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, frequently because it’s close both to the border with Russia [18 miles] and to the frontline. 

On May 10, Russia launched a new offensive north of the Kharkiv region, conducting assaults in Lyptsi and Vovchansk directions. Ukrainian military and analysts suggest that, with this ground offensive, Russia wants to stretch Ukraine’s resources and manpower and draw them away from Donbas and push their artillery farther into the Kharkiv region so it could reach Kharkiv. 

In the morning, Russia hit the Kyivskyi district of Kharkiv with glide bombs, injuring four people. 

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