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TOPSHOT - A Ukrainian Police investigator examines debis at the Kharkiv Television Tower, after officials reported a Russian strike on the tower, on the outskirts of Kharkiv on April 22, 2024. (Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images)
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Russian forces struck Kharkiv's television broadcasting tower on April 22, causing the top half of the mast to collapse.

Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported that television infrastructure had been attacked and explosions were heard in the city at around 4:35 p.m. local time.

No casualties were reported as people sheltered during the attack, according to Syniehubov.

"There are interruptions in the digital TV signal at the moment," the governor said. The State Special Communications Service reported that the tower's structure was "partially damaged," with work underway to restore broadcasting signals.

Russian forces used a Kh-59 missile in the attack, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Russia targeted Kyiv's TV tower in March 2022.

Russia also attacked the city of Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast on April 22, as well as the villages of Slobozhanske and Derhachi, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time, Syniehubov said.

Russia recently intensified attacks against Kharkiv, using missiles, glide bombs, and drones to destroy energy infrastructure and kill civilians.

At the end of March, Russia destroyed all the electrical substations in Kharkiv, leaving Ukraine's second-largest city without a stable power supply.

While Kharkiv is at particular risk because of its proximity to Russia, lying less than 30 kilometers from the border, stocks of air defense are low across Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed on April 16 that Russia managed to destroy the Trypillia Thermal Power Plant in Kyiv Oblast in a missile strike on April 11 because Ukraine had run out of missiles for its defense.

Bloomberg: Russia does not have capability to launch offensive on Kharkiv
Western officials do not believe that Russia has the capability to launch a new attack on Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv “without a major replenishment of Russian troops,” Bloomberg reported on April 16.
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