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The aftermath of a Russian strike on Kharkiv on March 20, 2024. (State Emergency Service/Telegram)
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Editor's note: This is a developing story and is being updated.

Russia launched an attack against the northeastern city of Kharkiv on March 20, injuring at least five people, Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported. One person has been confirmed as killed, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

Senior police officer Serhii Bolvinov said that according to preliminary information, Russia carried out the attack using a Kh-59 cruise missile. The mayor reported explosions in the city at around 1 p.m. local time.

Bolvinov previously said that three people had been killed, but other officials reported later that only one fatality had been confirmed so far.

According to Syniehubov, the victims who were injured include a 47-year-old man in stable condition, three men aged 65, 37, and 46 who suffered moderate injuries, and a 46-year-old man in serious condition.

Up to 10 people may still be trapped under the rubble, the governor noted.

An eight-story building and a factory in the Kholodna Hora municipal district were damaged. A fire that broke out in the enterprise covered more than 2,000 square meters, the State Emergency Service said.

The Prosecutor General's Office said that all of the victims were civilians and employees of the affected enterprise.

"All relevant services and volunteers work on-site," the mayor said, noting that search operations for other potential victims are ongoing.

Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, has been at the forefront of Russian strikes since the outbreak of the full-scale invasion. It came under several deadly attacks over the winter as Russia launched mass missile strikes against Ukraine.

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