A Russian missile strike in a residential area of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, killed seven people and injured 16 on Wednesday, the Ukrainian Emergency Service said. The fire affected a dormitory block where about fifty people lived.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Russia for the attack on Telegram: “This is a sneaky and cynical strike against civilians without justification, showing the helplessness of the aggressor. We cannot forgive. We avenge him.”
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A witness, Ivan Sokol, described the missile launch to Reuters as a “Calibre cruise missile”. Zelensky said an apartment building was “totally destroyed” in the attack.
“So, bang, gray. Gray fog…we have three windows – there’s nothing left! The stairs started to crumble, people started helping each other,” Tamara Kramarenko, a resident of the city, told Reuters. building, describing the scene of the attack.
Meanwhile, Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the eastern Donetsk region, said on Wednesday that two civilians had been killed and seven injured in shelling by Russian forces in the past 24 hours. Donetsk has seen some of the fiercest fighting in the war that began in February.
Kharkiv was besieged in the early days of the invasion in February. But Russian troops, backed by massive artillery fire and missile strikes, were unable to take control of Ukraine’s second-largest city.
(With agency contributions)