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The latest news about the Russian war in Ukraine: live updates

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12:08 PM ET, May 15, 2024

At least 21 people have been injured in Russian hover bomb attacks in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv

From CNN’s Mariya Knight in Atlanta and Daria Tarasova-Markina in Kiev



An apartment building damaged during the Russian missile attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 14.

Andrii Marienko/AP

At least 21 civilians, including two 12-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy, were injured Tuesday in Russian attacks on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, according to prosecutors.

According to Oleksandr Filchakov, prosecutor of the Kharkiv region, Russian forces used glide bombs in three waves of attacks, hitting more than 20 targets.

Filchakov wrote on Telegram that several apartment buildings, a shopping center and an educational institution were damaged in the bombing, with cars and garages also set on fire.

The attack comes as Russian forces continue their advance towards the Kharkiv region. Russian troops are regaining control of villages and areas in Ukraine from which they were expelled during a Ukrainian counter-offensive in late 2022.

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said on Tuesday that more than 7,500 civilians have been evacuated from their homes amid heavy fighting in the north of the Kharkiv region.

CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh said live from central Ukraine that Russian forces are moving quickly and have better resources and ammunition. It is also clear that the Ukrainians have failed to build sufficient defenses in the region.

Ukraine is calling for more rocket artillery ammunition and rockets to be sent to them as a priority, especially 155mm shells, so that the country can fend off a resurgent Russian invasion force.