The head of Ukraine’s security service has said the region will not fall into Russian hands as Ukrainian forces are more prepared for battle.
“We were able to withstand the first and scariest assault and now the whole country understands (the dangers), men are mobilised, people can and know how to fight and understand what to do,” Roman Dudin said.
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“They (Russian forces) don’t understand that no one wants them here. Children, old people, men, women. Even ducks don’t want to see these occupiers here. So death will be waiting for them from at every corner, every opening,” he added.
Kharkiv, which is the country’s second-largest city, has come under a barrage of attacks since the war started.
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The eastern city of Kramatorsk has also come under fire, with Russia claiming to have struck areas around Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro, west of the Donbas, with missiles as well.
In the now-devastated port city of Mariupol, which has been a key target for Putin’s forces, Ukrainian troops said the Russian military dropped heavy bombs to flatten what was left of a steel plant and hit a hospital where hundreds were staying.
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