Russian strike on commercial facility kills 12 in Kharkiv

At least 12 people have reportedly been killed in a Russian attack on a busy commercial facility in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Interior minister Ihor Klymenko said 43 were also injured in an attack using guided bombs on Saturday. Some people remain unaccounted for. Rescue operations are underway.

Kharkiv mayor said 25 people were also injured on a residential area in the regional capital.

The regional prosecutor's office posted footage on social media showing black smoke rising from the commercial facility. The structure was partially reduced to a skeleton.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more than 200 people could have been at the site when it was struck in the daytime on Saturday.

Russia has recently been launching an offensive in the northern part of Kharkiv across the border. The regional capital Kharkiv has also come under missile attacks.

Zelenskyy said on social media that the lives of ordinary citizens have been targeted.

He added, only such madmen as Russian President Vladimir Putin are capable of killing and terrorizing people in such a vile way.