Articles by Сергій Петров

Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 139 (12.07.2022)

Muscovite shelling of Kharkiv increased slightly during the day. They launched another missile strike early in the morning at a target in Pavlove Pole. In the middle of the day, an industrial zone in the southeast of the city was shelled with rocket artillery. There are wounded. Kharkiv oligarch Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, owner of the DCH company, returned to Ukraine after fleeing in mid-February 2022 due to a car accident. The car he was likely driving hit and killed a man.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 138 (11.07.2022)

The day was generally calm but difficult. The muscovites shelled the northeastern outskirts of the city with rocket artillery, killing six people and injuring 31. The morning began with three rocket strikes in different areas of the city. As a result, an apartment building, a school, and warehouses were partially destroyed, school and warehouses as well. Because of the attacks, transit operations on the Saltivka metro line and a number of bus, trolleybus, and tram routes in Saltivka were temporarily suspended. Regional and city authorities announced that the new academic year in schools and universities will begin remotely.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 136 (09.07.2022)

The day was relatively quiet overall, but there were some isolated instances of shelling on the northern outskirts of the city. A rocket attack struck the city center in the morning, destroying an apartment building and leaving numerous people wounded. An architectural group proposed a project to restore Pivnichna Saltivka, but the idea is highly questionable due to the constant shelling of that area and the threat of similar strikes in the future on the northern outskirts.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 135 (08.07.2022)

There was no direct shelling of Kharkiv on this day. There were rocket attacks on eastern suburbs at night and western and northern suburbs in the evening. Municipal workers are helping to build defensive fortifications around Kharkiv and in the region. Volunteers are helping to restore a kindergarten in Pavlove Pole after it was shelled repeatedly in March. The soap opera around the suspension of the Deputy Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council, Bohdan Malyovany (who has a muscovite passport), continues.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 128 (01.07.2022)

The first day of July was relatively quiet, although the muscovites did strike Kharkiv suburbs and its surroundings in the evening. After saying that it would be impossible to take USSR emblems down from the City Council building (citing the city legal department), the Council backpedaled, and by the evening city workers had already covered all soviet symbols on the building with fabric. Terekhov wants to replace one of the USSR emblems with a Kharkiv one (which Katherine II approved as a replacement of the Cossack emblem of the city). Hospitals of the Saltivka medical campus, which numerous times suffered from targeted strikes by the muscovites, will be repaired. Overall, 126 medical establishments have been damaged by shelling in the Kharkiv region.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 112 (15.06.2022)

Individual strikes on Kharkiv’s northern suburbs continue. There was a threat of a missile strike almost the entire day, and people were asked not to leave their homes and shelters unless absolutely necessary. Either scammers or muscovite agents started hanging posters on behalf of Zhylkomservis, instructing residents to leave their apartment doors unlocked so that Territorial Defense troops can enter without causing damage in order to establish combat positions, starting on 15 June and until the end of hostilities. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan paid a visit to the city. He inspected the sites of muscovite shelling in Pivnichna Saltivka, city center, and other areas.  According to the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, muscovite shelling has damaged 224 educational institutions in Kharkiv and 150 in other settlements of the region.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 111 (14.06.2022)

Individual muscovite strikes on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv continue. There were no “traditional” midnight missile strikes on the city. The city has continued free use of public transport. Only a limited number of public transport vehicles are running, since a significant portion of the trams have been damaged, and passenger traffic in the metro has declined. The current daily ridership is 110,000, compared with almost half a million during the COVID quarantine. Work is underway in Pivnichna Saltivka to reconnect houses to the gas supply. Gas supply in the Malodanilivka Hromada, where the gas pipeline was damaged, has also been restored, and work is underway to reconnect the Derhachi gas supply. The occupiers and collaborators in the occupied territories are looking for teachers who will start using muscovite school programs in September. The occupiers have appointed a moscovia citizen as a gauleiter of the occupied Balakliya.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 108 (11.06.2022)

Isolated strikes on Kharkiv’s northern districts continue. A nighttime rocket strike was fired at one of Kharkiv’s industrial facilities. Mayor Terekhov has become less public, and the rhetoric in his statements has changed: he is now talking about the likelihood of repeated attempts by the muscovites to attack in the Kharkiv direction. Water quality studies have found deviations in iron content and turbidity in tap water in the city, as well as contamination by microorganisms in a number of sources. Kharkiv’s football club Metalist 1925 is currently training in the Kyiv region and planning to play at one of Kyiv’s stadiums next season. According to the police and the prosecutor’s office, more than 1,500 different sites were damaged in the Rohan Hromada when it was the frontline, from the first days of the invasion until March.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 107 (09.06.2022)

The muscovites conduct occasional one-at-a-time strikes on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv. After midnight, rockets again struck the city. Where these strikes land has not been revealed in recent days, partially to conceal the information from the muscovites and partially not to avoid worrying Kharkiv residents. The nighttime missile strikes aim not only to destroy targets but also to sow terror. The Executive Committee of the Kharkiv City Council has approved a decision to prepare for publishing on the city website a registry of buildings that have been damaged or destroyed by muscovite strikes. Information about the first days of fighting for Kharkiv and neutralization of rushist sabotage and reconnaissance groups on February 27 has finally begun to appear. It’s now clear that the situation that first week was very complicated and difficult, and that Kharkiv and its residents were walking on the edge of a blade.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 104 (07.06.2022)

The muscovite shelling of Kharkiv continues, affecting the northern outskirts of the city, particularly Saltivka, as well as Oleksiyivka, which was shelled twice in one day. Also struck twice in one day was Zhuravlivka. Two missiles landed in Kharkiv in the late evening, one of them destroying the supermarket that served the southeastern outskirts of the city. A threat of artillery attack on Kharkiv lasted for about six hours. It had never lasted this long before; meanwhile, multiple unrelated air raid alarms went off during that time. The muscovites’ campaign to destroy civil infrastructure (stores, education and medical establishments, and residential districts) along with forced deportation of the population to moscovia—prioritizing children—aims to depopulate the parts of Ukraine where fighting is taking place and deprive these territories of a future. For the first time in a while, police arrested sellers of humanitarian-aid items at the central market.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 97 (31.05.2022)

От завершився травень та календарна весна – входимо в українське літо. Поодинокі обстріли Харкова продовжуються – по північним околицям. Сильні обстріли смт Золочів, є загиблі та поранені. Військові зазначають, що зберігається загроза відновлення наступальних дій московитів на Харків. Міський голова Терехов заявив, що вважає за доцільне, щоби харків’янам, які лишилися без житла, були виплачені грошові компенсації за житло і майно, і щоби люди самі вирішили де вони будуть жити.У Харкові лишилося приблизно 20% школярів, але до онлайн-уроків підключається приблизно 90%. На Харківщині пошкоджено понад 200 шкіл (з 715 шкіл по області, тобто 30%), з них зруйновані – близько 100 шкіл.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 90 (24.05.2022)

Kharkiv has been defending itself, living, and counterattacking for three months. Still, the shelling of the city, as well as its northern suburbs, has been ongoing for three months. Fighting continues to the north of the city, and another Territorial Defense battalion is being formed to fortify the defenses. The metro has been relaunched in Kharkiv, but the train stock has had some losses. Since the beginning of the large-scale muscovite invasion of Ukraine, 707 people, including 36 children, have been killed in the Kharkiv region.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 89 (23.05.2022)

The shelling of Kharkiv continues, with low-intensity, singular strikes in the northern outskirts of the city and in the northern suburbs. There were also strikes near the city center, as well as in Merefa, which is south of Kharkiv. About 3,500 residential buildings and 420 office buildings have been damaged and destroyed in Khariv. Preparations to relaunch the metro are underway, but the situation with several dozen people still living at some stations on the Saltivka metro line has yet to be resolved. Exhumation of the bodies of civilians killed by the occupiers continues in the liberated suburbs. Valery Zaluzhny, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was named one of the top 100 most influential people by Time magazine.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 88 (22.05.2022)

Muscovite forces continue shelling Kharkiv, causing injuries and destruction of buildings. The most affected are the northern outskirts of the city. Shelling of the northern suburbs of Kharkiv also continues. The regional authorities are finally talking about a need to build defensive fortifications around Kharkiv, along the border of Kharkiv region. The metro is being launched in the city, but not all people have been relocated from some subway stations. Peaceful life is gradually being established in the liberated eastern suburbs. Kidnappings and torture of people in the temporarily occupied territories of the region.


Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 87 (21.05.2022)

Muscovites continued striking Kharkiv throughout the day, one shell at a time. The northern suburbs are suffering again. The shelling didn’t cause any fires in the city, but there were people who were wounded. Shelling and fighting continue in the northern suburbs. The battle for Kharkiv is not over yet, and the security situation isn’t durable. However, two tram routes were launched in Kharkiv. Losses from a missile strike In Lozova, Kharkiv region, are being assessed, and they are huge.