War in Ukraine, day 822 | At least two people killed in bombed store in Kharkiv

(Kyiv) At least two people were killed and 33 injured on Saturday in a Russian strike on a DIY store in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, where “more than 200 people” may have been present at the time of impact, according to Kyiv.


Posted at 8:33 a.m.

Updated at 12:58 p.m.

According to the regional governor, Oleg Synegoubov, this Russian attack was carried out using two guided aerial bombs.

“Two people were killed. They were men who worked in the store,” he said in a video on Telegram. “The number of injured rose to 33 people,” he said.

Images broadcast on Ukrainian social networks show the building with its gutted roof from which a huge column of black smoke escapes, firefighters dousing the fire started by the strikes with water.

According to the authorities, 10,000 m2 are on fire but firefighters are on their way to controlling it.

The Epitsentr store chain sells household appliances and DIY products.

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PHOTO VALENTYN OGIRENKO, REUTERS

Firefighters are on site to put out the fire.

“Russia dealt another brutal blow to our city of Kharkiv – a construction shop – on Saturday, in the middle of the day,” denounced President Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram.

“At present it is known that over 200 people may have been inside the store. All services are already on site to help rescue people and put out the fire,” he added, condemning an attack in broad daylight on a “clearly civilian” target.

“A large number of people are missing. There are many injured,” said Mayor Igor Terekhov, denouncing “pure and simple terrorism”.

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PHOTO VALENTYN OGIRENKO, REUTERS

According to him, 15 employees of the store did not give any sign of life and some 200 people were in the building at the time of the attack.

“Only madmen like Putin are capable of killing and terrorizing people in such a despicable way,” blasted Mr. Zelensky, attacking the Russian president who ordered his troops to attack Ukraine in February 2022.

Anti-aircraft defense

The Ukrainian president has once again called on his Western allies to provide more air defense systems to his country.

“If Ukraine had sufficient air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian strikes would have been impossible,” he argued. “Every day we appeal to the world: give us air defense, save people.”

The city of Kharkiv, which had 1.5 million inhabitants before the war and is located near the Russian border in northeastern Ukraine, is regularly targeted by Moscow’s forces, who also launched the 10 May a ground offensive in the region.

This offensive allowed them to seize several localities and force Kyiv to send reinforcements to the sector. Ukraine, however, assured Friday that this assault had been “stopped”.

Around fifteen Russian missiles struck the city of Kharkiv on Thursday, killing seven civilians and destroying a printing press, according to local authorities.

Russian forces also launched several attacks in the region on Saturday.

They bombed the village of Kupiansk-Vouzlovyi, a railway junction in the Kharkiv region close to the border, injuring five people, the regional prosecutor’s office announced in a statement.

According to the same Source, two civilian vehicles, including an ambulance, were targeted by gunfire.

In the same region, Russia bombed the Kupiansk district, damaging a factory and residential buildings, according to the prosecutor’s office.

In the east, in the Donetsk region, a bombing killed a 40-year-old woman and injured four people on Saturday, according to regional governor Vadim Filachkine.

In Russia, the governor of the Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, said Saturday that two people had been killed there in a Ukrainian bombing.

“The Ukrainian armed forces fired on the village of Oktyabrsky using a rocket launcher,” Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram, specifying that a “man and a woman were” fatally “wounded by shrapnel shells”.

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