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The aftermath of the Russian drone attack on the city of Kharkiv on May 5, 2024. The emergency services had worked at the impact scene during the early hours of the day. (State Emergency Service/Facebook)
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Editor's Note: This is a developing story and is being updated.

Russia launched a drone attack on Kharkiv Oblast during the early hours of May 5, setting fire to at least eight residential homes in the city of Kharkiv and injuring six people, local authorities reported.

At around 1 a.m. local time, Terekhov announced that several explosions had been reported in the city. Debris from shooting down the drones in the Osnovianskyi district of the city reportedly set fire to eight private homes in the area.

Suspilne Kharkiv later reported that a 60-year-old man was injured in the attack. The drone reportedly struck the ground between the garages and residential buildings. As a result of the explosions, private garages, vehicles as well as utility buildings were destroyed.

As of around 9 a.m. local time, Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported that six people were injured in a strike, including an 8-year-old girl. She had an acute stress reaction.

Russia recently intensified attacks against Kharkiv, using missiles, glide bombs, and drones to destroy energy infrastructure and kill civilians.

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

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