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Updated: Russian missile attacks on Kharkiv kill 6, injure 25

by Dmytro Basmat May 31, 2024 1:28 AM 3 min read
The aftermath of Russian missile attacks on Kharkiv overnight on May 31, 2024. (State Emergency Service)
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Russian missile attacks on the Novobavarsky neighborhood of Kharkiv killed at least six people and injured 25 others, officials said on May 31.

Russian forces attacked a multi-story residential building in the city of Kharkiv, killing one person and injuring 23 others, Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported. Another person, a security guard at a sewing workshop, was also killed in a strike at a different location within the city, Suspilne reported.

No details were provided on the other fatalities.

According to Suspilne, Russian missiles struck three locations within the city - a five-story residential building, a sewing workshop, and a local shop.

Two separate 12-year-old children were injured in the attack, Suspilne reported.

The strike, which occurred around midnight local time, damaged three of the five floors of the building while causing a fire to break out, Suspilne reported.

Governor Oleh Syniehubov said on Telegram that a subsequent strike on the same location within the city was a 'double-tap' attack - wherein Russian forces wait for first responders and law enforcement to arrive before hitting the same place again to inflict greater damage. At least one emergency medical worker was injured as a result of the attack.

Russia recently intensified attacks against Kharkiv, which had a population of 1.4 million in 2021, with the use of missiles, glide bombs, and drones, destroying energy infrastructure and killing civilians.

On May 25, Russian forces attacked a Kharkiv hypermarket, killing 19 and injuring 48.

Russia launched a new offensive on May 10 in northern Kharkiv Oblast. Moscow's forces had reportedly managed to advance as far as 10 kilometers (6 miles) into the region but had been halted by the first line of defense.

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