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Footage has emerged that appears to show a Ukrainian bomb disposal squad trying to remove a missile from someone's kitchen in Kharkiv. You can watch the clip below:
Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, has been targeted with constant shelling over the past three weeks, with recent UK intelligence indicating it's encircled by Russian troops, much like Chernihiv, Sumy and Mariupol.
The video was uploaded to TikTok by @pd05763, showing the bomb disposal unit rocking the missile, possibly in an attempt to dislodge it or ensure it can actually move, before trying to safely remove it.
In an earlier clip, you get a clearer view of the missile sticking out of the sink. Fortunately, amid the warfare blighting the city, it seems the rocket didn't cause too much damage.
Combined, the videos have received more than two million views. "Lucky nothing exploded," the first clip is captioned.
While a terrifying idea to fathom, many in the comments have tried to see the humour in surviving such an attack. "When you wash the dishes and they throw more at you," one user commented.
"You don't understand, you were just 'saved' from washing dishes," another joked. "Only our people can write such comments in such a situation, I adore our people," a third wrote.
There's been an estimated 450 civilian casualties in Kharkiv since the war began, with one person dying and 11 sustaining injuries on Friday, March 19, when a multi-storey building was hit with an airstrike. One person was also trapped in the rubble, but was later rescued.
In an update, the UK's Ministry of Defence tweeted: "Ukrainian forces around Kyiv and Mykolaiv continue to frustrate Russian attempts to encircle the cities. The cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Mariupol remain encircled and subject to heavy Russian shelling."
Also in Kharkiv, a BBC reporter narrowly escaped a Russian rocket attack.
The broadcaster's Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville was forced to run for cover when Russian Grad rockets began to rain down on the city.
"Away from the front, no neighbourhood is safe. Russian Grad rockets fall all around us. This is the reckless targeting of human life," he said over the top of the footage.
He also wrote: "There is a boom and whoosh, and a wire-guided missile flies just over our heads. We scramble into the crater. It strikes along the roadside, a gas pipeline bursts into flames."