Kharkiv – DW – 3 killed in strikes on 05/31/2024

May 31, 2024

Russian missiles hit civilian buildings in Kharkiv: Ukrainian officials

Russian missiles hit three sites in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv, killing at least three people and wounding 16, officials said Friday.

Eyewitness accounts of the strike said the missiles hit a five-story apartment building, a shop, a three-story building and a garment factory around midnight local time.

Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said S-300 missiles were used. He added that the attacks were in the form of a “double tap”.

“All the strikes are exclusively on civilian infrastructure,” he added.

Sinihubov warned that many more could be trapped in the rubble. He said at least two children and an emergency doctor were among those injured in the attack.

Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians.

“The third, fourth and fifth floors were destroyed, the staircases were destroyed, the facades were destroyed,” Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Derekov told public broadcaster Zaspiln, describing the damage to the apartment building.

Kharkiv police chief Volodymyr Tymoshko told Saspil that he expected the death toll to rise due to extensive shrapnel wounds.

Kharkiv, a northeastern city just across the border from Belgorod, Russia, faced Russian advances in the early weeks of the invasion. However, there have been repeated attacks by missiles and drones in recent weeks.

Kyiv accuses Russia of targeting civilians in the Kharkiv region

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