two dead, Zelensky speaks of “more than 200 people” in the building

two dead, Zelensky speaks of “more than 200 people” in the building
two dead, Zelensky speaks of “more than 200 people” in the building

By Le Figaro with AFP

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In Kharkiv, a Russian strike on a hypermarket

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The city of Kharkiv, which had 1.5 million inhabitants before the war and located near the Russian border in northeastern Ukraine, is regularly targeted by Moscow’s forces.

At least two people were killed and 24 injured on Saturday in a Russian strike on a construction products hypermarket in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, whose region has been the target of a ground offensive for more than two weeks.

“Russia dealt another brutal blow to our city of Kharkiv – a construction hypermarket – on Saturday, in the middle of the day”denounced President Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram. “At present it is known that more than 200 people may have been inside the hypermarket. All services are already on site to help rescue people and put out the fire.he added.

Column of black smoke

According to the regional governor, Oleg Synegoubov, at least two people were killed and 24 injured in this attack carried out using two guided aerial bombs. “A large number of people are missing. There are many injured. Apparently the attack took place in a shopping center where there were a lot of people – it’s pure terrorism.for his part indicated Mayor Igor Terekhov.

Firefighters work at the site of a household goods shopping center that was hit by a Russian airstrike, part of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 25, 2024 .
Valentyn Ogirenko / REUTERS

Images posted on Ukrainian social networks showed the building from which a huge column of black smoke was escaping. Volodymir Zelensky once again called on Ukraine’s 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”pleaded the president. “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 located near the Russian border in northeastern Ukraine, is regularly targeted by Moscow’s forces, which also launched attacks on May 10 a ground offensive in the region.

This offensive allowed them to seize several localities and force kyiv to dispatch valuable 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.

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