The Ukrainian parliament announced on Tuesday that 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a Russian missile attack in the Sumy region of eastern Ukraine.
It claimed on Twitter that an army battalion was attacked in the town of Okhtyrka, which is halfway between Kiev and Kharkiv.
Russian soldiers are presently battling for control of both cities, as well as other strategic areas around the country.
Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the chairman of Sumy’s regional administration, reported the deaths in Okhtyrka by posting photographs of a burned-out four-story structure and rescue workers in operation on his Telegram channel.
Concerns about the number of civilians killed in the fighting, notably in Kharkiv, grew as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its sixth day.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry posted a video on Twitter depicting a missile attack on Kharkiv’s Freedom Square.
Before the administration building was damaged by a huge explosion, cars could be seen driving outside.
“Russia is fighting a war that is illegal under international humanitarian law.
The ministry stated that the attack “kills individuals and ruins civilian infrastructure.”
Large cities are Russia’s principal goal, which its missiles are currently aimed towards.”
The charges, which could not be independently verified, were dismissed by Russia.
Russian troops advanced into the early hours of Tuesday on the country’s second-largest city.
According to Ukrainian officials, attacks on Kharkiv on Monday resulted in the deaths of 11 people and the injuries of dozens more, as well as the destruction of 87 residential buildings.
More than 100 civilians are believed to have perished as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the United Nations.
The government of Ukraine estimates that more than 150 people have died as a result of the conflict.
As battle raged in Kharkiv, satellite data revealed a 64-kilometer-long convoy of Russian military vehicles heading toward Kiev, according to Ukrainian news source UNIAN.
During aerial attacks in the area surrounding Kiev on Monday, the Ukrainian army claimed to have shot down five Russian fighter planes and a helicopter.
According to the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper and the Ukrainian air force, the planes were shot down during aerial raids on the cities of Vasylkiv and Brovary, while a cruise missile and a helicopter were shot down near the capital.
Ukrainian warplanes reportedly fired missiles and bombs at Russian tanks and troops near Kiev and close to the city of Zhytomyr.
Bombs were reportedly dropped in the northern region of Chernihiv and the southern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk, which is currently under Russian control.