At least 14 people were killed and 24 others were injured by attacks launched by Russian forces in various parts of the Ukrainian territory in the last 24 hours, according to the latest report of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Kharkiv a “city of heroes” praising the residents’ resistance to the Russian invaders.

During his visit to the city, President Zelensky presented Mayor Ihor Terekhov with a plaque inscribed “Hero City of Ukraine”. Kharkiv is a “city of true heroes,” Zelensky said, according to Ukrainian news agency UNIAN. “Thanks to its residents, this beautiful city – like others – defends our independence,” he added.

President Zelensky also visited hospitals in Ukraine’s second most populous city and awarded medals to wounded soldiers.

The counterattack launched last May by the Ukrainian army in the Kharkiv region prevented the advance of Russian forces on the northeastern front.

Zelensky’s visit to Kharkiv followed his tour of the front near the strategically important city of Bakhmut.

Despite the destruction and suffering that is “painful to see” in regions of Donbas, the Ukrainian president said, “hope is pervasive.” “We will do everything” for the Ukrainian army to continue the campaign to “liberate” all areas, “in order to restore normality throughout our country, from Donetsk to the border,” Zelensky said, assuring that the conquerors will receive answers for their attacks.