Russian soldiers intensified their airstrikes on popular metropolitan areas on Tuesday, blasting the centre plaza of Ukraine’s second-largest city and Kyiv’s main TV tower in what the country’s president described as a clear terror campaign.
‘No one will ever forgive. Nobody will forget’, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared following the massacre on Kharkiv’s plaza. The attack on the TV tower, which is a few kilometres from central Kyiv and a short walk from a number of residential complexes, killed five people, according to Ukrainian police. According to authorities, the attack targeted a TV control room and a power substation, and at least some Ukrainian networks momentarily ceased transmitting.
Simultaneously, a convoy of hundreds of Russian tanks and other vehicles proceeded steadily on Kyiv, the capital city of over 3 million people, in what the West thought was a bid by Russian President Vladimir Putin to destabilise the government and impose a Kremlin-friendly administration. Invading forces also advanced on other towns and cities, notably the vital ports of Odesa and Mariupol in the south.