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Illustrative image: A view of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on March 25, 2024, amid a city-wide blackout after a Russian on Ukraine's energy infrastructure on March 22, 2024. (Yan Dobronosov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Editor's note: This is a developing story and is being updated.

Russia struck the city of Kharkiv twice with glide bombs on May 17, killing three and injuring 28 people, local authorities reported.

Russian forces targeted the Kholodnohirskyi district of the city, according to Governor Oleh Syniehubov.

As of around 5:45 p.m. local time, two men, both aged around 45, were killed, while the other 18 men and one woman were injured. The oldest victim is 60 years old, while the youngest one is 20.

The conditions of the four injured are serious, and other victims have injuries of moderate severity, Syniehubov said.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported that the number of injured had risen to 25 at around 6:25 p.m. local time.

Terekhov later updated the number of casualties, saying that three had been killed and 28 injured.

The information on damage and casualties is still being determined.

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War Notes

As Russian forces launched new offensive operations in the north of Kharkiv Oblast on May 10, both Kharkiv and a number of border settlements have come under heavy strikes.

Over the past night, a lengthy air raid alert had been finally lifted in Kharkiv Oblast after officials reported numerous Russian drone strikes and a ballistic missile threat.

The air alert had lasted more than 16 and a half hours, the longest since Russia's full-scale invasion began in February 2022.

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