At least seven people were killed and 22 wounded by shelling in Ukraine's northeastern region of Kharkiv over the past 24 hours, Governor Oleh Synegubov said on Wednesday.

In an online post, he said a 2-year-old boy was among those killed in the 53 artillery or rocket strikes he said Russian forces had carried out in the past day in the region.

Reuters could not independently verify the information. Russia denies targeting civilians.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets Writing by Alessandra Prentice Editing by Hugh Lawson)