KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 16 — The Russian military fired artillery and mortars at about 20 settlements in the Kharkiv Oblast, killing two people and injuring five others, reported by the head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov.

Russians shell Kharkiv oblast daily: it borders Russia, and it’s close to the frontline. The attacks on the region and its administrative center, Kharkiv, intensified in the second half of March, with Russian missiles and drones hitting the local energy infrastructure and Russia starting to use modified UMPD-D30 glide air bombs.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov thinks the Russians want there “to be no life in Kharkiv,” as opposed to the beginning of the full-scale invasion when they wanted to capture the city. “They need to destroy to intimidate,” he said.

At about 2:08 p.m. on April 15, the Russian Federation dropped a guided aerial bomb on an educational institution in the village of Lukiantsi, Lyptsi community, Kharkiv district. Four civilians were injured due to the attack: two women, aged 63 and 66, and two men, aged 38 and 65. Two men, of 63 and 65 years, were killed.

At 11:45, a 54-year-old man on a tractor ran over a Russian mine in Yavirske, a village in the Izium district, and was injured by the explosion. The tractor was damaged as well.

In total, more than 110 settlements in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions came under artillery fire.

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