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Updated: Russia attacks Kharkiv with drones overnight, causing fire

by Olena Goncharova May 21, 2024 3:29 AM 2 min read
The aftermath of a Russian attack on Kharkiv overnight on May 21, 2024. (Syniehubov/Telegram)
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Editor's note: The information about victims was changed at 8:54 a.m. Kyiv time on May 21 after local authorities published an update, saying that seven people suffered from shock and there were no injured in an attack.

Russia struck Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv with drones overnight on May 21, causing fire, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

A total of five people, including a 61-year-old man and two women aged 69 and 72, reportedly suffered from shock.

Drone debris damaged four houses, 25 trucks, and three cars, the governor said.  

Later on in the morning, two people suffered from shock after a missile struck the transportation infrastructure in the city, according to Syniehubov.

Emergency workers have been dispatched to the sites of attacks.

Over 10,500 civilians in Kharkiv Oblast had been evacuated from their homes amid heavy fighting in the region, according to Governor Oleh Syniehubov.

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

Russia's offensive in Kharkiv Oblast in mid-May could be the first of several waves, and Russian forces may target the regional capital, Kharkiv, Zelensky said in an interview with AFP on May 17.

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