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The aftermath of a Russian attack on Kharkiv on April 6, 2024 (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Telegram)
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Editor's note: This is a developing story and is being updated.

Russian forces launched an attack on Kharkiv during the early hours of April 6, killing seven people and injuring 11 others, according to the latest update by Serhii Bolvinov, the head of the investigative department of the regional police.

Seven people were reportedly killed, and 11 others received medical assistance following an attack on the city that began around midnight. Among the injured, the youngest victim was a 23-year-old man. A 25-year-old and 71-year-old also received injuries, along with six men between the ages of 35 and 85.

At least nine high-rise residential buildings, three dormitories, several administrative buildings, a service station, private vehicles as well as the buildings of local businesses were reportedly damaged or destroyed.

According to Bolvinov, Russian troops again carried out the so-called double-tap attack, in which there is an initial strike followed by a second - with a delay - so that it can potentially wound or kill first responders.

The second strike on Kharkiv occured less than in 30 minutes after the first one, Bolvinov said on Facebook. He added that Russia had used Soviet-era S-300 missiles to attack the city.

At around 1:23 a.m. local time, the governor announced via Telegram that a missile had struck a store in the city and several nearby cars had caught on fire. No casualties were reported.

Earlier in the night, explosions were recorded near a residential building in the area.

Due to its proximity to the border, Kharkiv Oblast and the regional capital have faced near-daily attacks since the start of the full-scale invasion. Part of the region was also occupied in early February 2022 before its liberation in early September.

More than 20,000 buildings have been destroyed in Kharkiv since Feb. 24, 2022, according to Ukrainian government figures.

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