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Russian troops enter Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city

The Assumption or Dormition Cathedral, the main Orthodox church of Kharkov, stands out in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.(AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
The Assumption or Dormition Cathedral, the main Orthodox church of Kharkov, stands out in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.(AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Russian troops have reportedly entered Ukraine’s second-largest city — Kharkiv in the northeast of the country.

According to the BBC, the move has been confirmed by the local governor.

Videos circulating on social media appear to show a number of Russian light military vehicles on the streets of the city, with some footage showing vehicles on fire.

There are also reports of explosions.

Hours earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, prompting the government to warn people to protect themselves from the smoke by covering their windows with damp cloth or gauze.

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