Russia fires air defence missiles at residential buildings

Two Russian missiles struck central Kharkiv this morning, hitting an apartment block and a university and killing at least three people.

Two loud explosions were heard in quick succession in the city centre at about 8.20am local time. 

One missile landed at the foot of a 19th century block of flats, while another hit the roof of a neighbouring university building, destroying the top three floors.

The governor of Kharkiv said that a 54-year-old woman and two men aged 51 and 55 had been killed.

Ukrainian authorities said the missiles were S-300 anti-aircraft rockets, which the Russians have been using in a ground attack role throughout the war. 

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10:05 AM

Civilians injured in strikes on Kharkiv

Firemen responding to the missile strikes in Kharkiv this morning searched the damaged buildings for survivors, removing several wounded civilians on stretchers, The Telegraph’s Roland Oliphant reports from the scene.

One man suffered severe lacerations to his face from flying glass. He returned to his flat to collect belongings and clear up after being bandaged up.

The rector of the university told reporters that the building that was hit was empty except for a few security guards, one of whom was lightly injured. 

An apartment block and several nearby buildings were also damaged, while a parked car was destroyed.

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