‘How can they speak about terrorism?’ asked Ihor Terekhov, citing destruction visited on his city

The mayor of Kharkiv has dismissed Russia’s claim that Monday’s attack on the Kerch Bridge linking the Crimean peninsula to Russia was an act of Ukrainian “terrorism” and said the Kremlin had brought death and destruction to his city on an epic scale.

In an interview with the Guardian, Ihor Terekhov said Moscow had been bombarding Kharkiv’s civilian population since last year’s full-scale invasion. On Sunday, one person was killed and seven injured in three separate attacks, with S-300 missiles fired from across the Russian border.

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