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UPDATE: 2 killed, 2 injured in Russian attack on border city of Vovchansk

by Kateryna Denisova and The Kyiv Independent news desk April 20, 2024 12:58 PM 2 min read
Photo for illustrative purposes. People go shopping for food along houses destroyed by mortar attacks on Nov. 8, 2023, in Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine. (Eugene Hertnier/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Russia attacked the city of Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast on April 20, killing two men, injuring another man and a woman, the regional Prosecutor's Office reported.

Settlements in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv Oblast are subjected to regular Russian attacks due to their proximity to the front line and the border with Russia.

Russian forces reportedly attacked a nine-story building and house in Vovchansk, located around 50 kilometers northeast of Kharkiv and less than 10 kilometers from the Russia-Ukraine border, at around 8 a.m. local time.

A woman and man, both aged 61, were injured, and 50-year-old and 84-year-old men were killed by Russia, according to the statement.

The aftermath of Russian attack on Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast on April 20, 2024. (Ukraine's National Police)

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.

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

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov thinks his city is at risk of becoming "a second Aleppo" if left without help to obtain air defense systems.

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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