Russia unleashed a fresh wave of air strikes on Ukraine early yesterday, with devastating consequences in The Kharkiv region. These strikes caused significant damage to critical infrastructure and resulted in the tragic loss of innocent lives. In a heart-wrenching incident, a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother In Kharkiv fell victim to Russia’s aggression.

The boy and his grandmother died when Russia targeted Ukraine’s second-largest city with two Iskander ballistic missiles. Kharkiv’s regional governor, Oleh Synehubov, reported that 28 others, including an 11-month-old baby, were wounded. The young boy’s father, Oleh Bychko, described the horrific scene as he managed to rescue his wife and younger son from The rubble. This tragedy left him shocked and speechless, mourning the loss of his 10-year-old son, Tymofiy.

The missile attack obliterated a residential building, turning it into a scene of devastation where rescue workers tirelessly searched through rubble, twisted metal, and debris. These air strikes followed a previous Russian missile strike on the village of Hroza In northeastern Ukraine, where dozens of civilians were killed during a gathering to mourn a fallen Ukrainian soldier. The Hroza attack marked one of the single and deadliest strikes on civilians since Russia’s invasion in Feb of 2022.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned these “Russian terror” acts and called for Ukraine’s resilience in The face of such brutality. During the latest air strikes, Ukrainian air defenses successfully downed 25 of the 33 drones launched by Russia from the annexed Crimea peninsula. These drone attacks targeted various regions across Ukraine, causing damage and disruptions, including destroying a grain silo in the Odesa region.

Russia’s intensified attacks on Ukraine’s southern regions, particularly those with vital Black Sea and river ports, have raised some concerns about its ability to export grain, contributing to a global food crisis. Ukraine’s efforts to counter Russian forces in the south and east have made gradual progress over the past months, but the situation remains volatile.

President Zelenskyy also expressed concerns about potential attacks on Ukraine’s power grid during the upcoming winter months. Thousands of engineers have worked tirelessly to repair power infrastructure damaged by Russian missile strikes last winter, which caused widespread power outages. Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of preparations to protect heating facilities and ensure a stable supply of electricity and heat to Ukrainian citizens.