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Ukrainian schoolchildren hide in bomb-proof classrooms as Vladimir Putin launches latest attack on Kharkiv city

Holding hands under the watchful eye of their teacher, frightened Ukrainian children are led into a bomb-proof bunker yesterday as Vladimir Putin launches his latest attack on their city.

As the Kremlin’s so-called “second invasion” of Ukraine gathered pace, students at a Kharkiv school went underground to find respite.

The big city, where more than a million Ukrainians once again fear for their lives, has not been seriously threatened for two years.

In early 2022, against all expectations, Russian invaders were repelled after bombarding it with rockets and even banned cluster munitions.

As students were led into the airtight, windowless makeshift school, those closer to the front line fled the fighting.

Holding hands under the watchful eye of their teacher, frightened Ukrainian children are led into a bomb-proof bunker

Holding hands under the watchful eye of their teacher, frightened Ukrainian children are led into a bomb-proof bunker

As the Kremlin’s so-called “second invasion” of Ukraine gathers pace, students at a Kharkiv school have gone underground to find respite.

Students attending a class held in one of the makeshift, airtight, windowless classrooms.

Students attending a class held in one of the makeshift, airtight, windowless classrooms.

Vovchansk is about 72 km northeast of Kharkiv and was in the crosshairs of Vladimir Putin’s forces yesterday.

As the Russian army advanced, thousands of men, women and children left the city.

Only an estimated 2,500 of its 17,000 residents remained yesterday as fighting intensified and, despite their valiant efforts, under-armed Ukrainian troops were forced to withdraw.

The speed of Russia’s advance was blamed on poorly constructed fortifications around Vovchansk and continuing problems with lack of ammunition and weapons.

Younger students take a class set in the underground bunker while their town is under attack

Younger students take part in a class taking place in the underground bunker while their city is under attack

Teacher continues to teach her students in the classroom bunker despite Putin's latest attack taking place above them

Teacher continues teaching her students in classroom bunker despite Putin’s latest attack taking place above them

Mass evacuations of civilians from border towns in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region are underway amid intense Russian shelling and troop movements.  A destroyed house is photographed following the bombing of May 12, 2024 in Vovchansk

Mass evacuations of civilians from border towns in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region are underway amid intense Russian shelling and troop movements. A destroyed house is photographed following the bombing of May 12, 2024 in Vovchansk

A fire spreads in a forest following a bombing on the outskirts of Vovchansk, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine, May 12, 2024.

A fire spreads in a forest following a bombing on the outskirts of Vovchansk, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine, May 12, 2024.

Frustrated Ukrainian troops suggested the Russians may have simply “gone in.”

Local authorities fear Vovchansk could become the next Bakhmut – the city devastated last year by Russia’s scorched earth tactics.

Since Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second city – repelled an assault in early 2022, it has become a beacon of resistance.

But Russia is on the march again and its troops are better equipped and more tactically adept.

The intensity of the attacks appeared to surprise Ukrainian commanders and their Western advisers after months of little movement on the 620-mile front line.

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