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Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a fire at the Kharkiv College of Housing and Communities in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on June 21 (Sofia Bobok/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ukrainian officials have reported an escalation of Russian bombing around the northeastern city of Kharkiv in the past 24 hours, as the evacuation of citizens from territories occupied by Russian forces continues.

“Within 24 hours, the occupiers fired at the Kievsky, Industrial, Saltyevsky and Nemishliansky districts of Kharkiv,” said the head of the Kharkiv Military Administration Ole Sinihopov in his official Telegram channel.

As a result of the Russian strikes at night, the building of one of the educational institutions in the Kievsky district of Kharkiv was significantly damaged, and the building was destroyed by 40%. ”

The CNN team in the Kharkiv region heard explosions at a distance of about 11 pm local time (4 am ET), and later confirmed that they were coming from the educational institution that Syniehubov – a university – mentioned when it was bombed.

According to Sinihopov, three civilians were killed and seven wounded in the past 24 hours.

Sinihopov added that Ukrainian forces on the line of contact repelled attacks in the area around Izyum while Russia maintained its defensive posture around Kharkiv in an attempt to block Ukraine’s advance.

The fighting ensued as 993 people, including 254 children, were evacuated from the temporarily occupied territories of the Kharkiv region, according to Sinihopov. More than 30 buses bound for Chuhuev and Kharkiv were used for evacuation.

Some basic information: As of June 7, a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that there are about 7.3 million border crossings from Ukraine, with at least 4.8 million refugees in Europe.

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in May, Russian officials said Nearly 1.1 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine to Russia since the invasion on February 24. Of this number, there were about 200,000 children.