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Authorities: Russia strikes Sumy with missile, at least 1 injured

by Martin Fornusek March 7, 2024 3:37 PM 2 min read
The aftermath of a Russian missile strike on Sumy on March 7, 2024. (Sumy Oblast Military Administration/Telegram)
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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article said that Russian forces had launched an airstrike against Sumy. It has been updated following new reporting to indicate that it was a missile strike.

Russia carried out a missile attack against the northeastern city of Sumy, the regional military administration reported in the afternoon on March 7.

At least one person was injured, and the central city hospital, a regional emergency medical center, a school, and water supply infrastructure were damaged in the attack, the local authorities said.

Local media reported explosions in the city at around 2:40 p.m. local time. Although regional authorities initially reported an airstrike, the announcement was preceded by ballistic missile warnings and unconfirmed claims of an S-300 missile attack against the city.

Russia carried out a drone attack against Sumy in the early hours of March 6, injuring four people and causing damage to multiple homes, schools, and medical centers.

Sumy Suspilne wrote that the local hospital No. 5 was damaged in the March 6 drone strike, leaving the institution temporarily without electricity and hot water.

Sumy Oblast lies on Ukraine's northeastern border with Russia and suffers near-daily attacks from Russian forces, most frequently drone and artillery strikes.

This is the first missile strike against the regional capital of Sumy since July, when a local educational institution was damaged, one person was killed, and at least 17 were injured in a single missile attack.

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