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Russian forces shelled a residential area of ​​Ukraine’s second-largest city with rockets on Monday, killing at least nine people, and several loud bangs were heard in the center of the capital, Kyiv, as talks between the delegates from both sides in Belarus were winding down. Close.

The attack and blasts were launched as Russia increasingly isolates itself from the rest of the world, especially Western countries, which have imposed a series of sanctions on the country since it launched its invasion of the Ukraine last week.

The bombardment of the city of Kharkiv on Monday killed nine civilians, including three children, and injured 37 others, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said. CNN is reaching out to Russian authorities to comment on the attack.

According to geotagged social media videos by CNN, multiple rockets were seen exploding closely together in a residential part of the Saltivka neighborhood, near a supermarket in the northeast of the city, which the Russian military has frequently mistaken for target.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova described the situation in Kharkiv as “hellish” and shared video on Facebook of a missile hitting a kitchen window and ripping off the leg of a woman, who she said she later died in hospital.

At the end of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials Early Monday evening, CNN reporters in Kyiv heard several loud bangs, followed by sirens blaring across the city.

The two sides discussed a potential “ceasefire and an end to combat actions on the territory of Ukraine,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhaylo Podolyak told reporters.

Without going into details, Podolyak said the two sides would return to their capitals for consultations on whether to implement a number of “decisions”.

“The parties discussed holding another round of negotiations where these decisions could evolve,” he said.

Ukraine had previously demanded “an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops”, the office of President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Monday.

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