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Zelenskyy: Russia wants to drive people out of Kharkiv

Zelenskyy: Russia wants to drive people out of Kharkiv President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian goal of shelling Kharkiv is to push people out of the region.

"Russia's goal is clear: they want to do everything possible to drive people out of Kharkiv and the region. Whatever Putin touches becomes ruins," said the president.

He also notes that Ukraine must make every effort, both possible and impossible, to protect as many of our cities and communities as possible from Russian aggression.

Kharkiv strikes

Russian occupiers continue regular shelling of the city and region with combined attacks, striking day and night. The northern-eastern and eastern parts of the regions are especially dangerous.

As a result, Kharkiv prematurely ended the heating season against the backdrop of Russia's massive rocket attacks.

Read about how to protect Kharkiv and the region from constant attacks in the RBC-Ukraine article.

The Economist recently published an article citing military sources about the situation in Kharkiv. The media says Russia wants to turn Kharkiv into a gray zone, unsuitable to live for civilians.