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Russian Airstrike Devastates Kharkiv Hypermarket, 200+ Shoppers Caught in Attack

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A Russian airstrike devastated a hypermarket in Kharkiv, Ukraine, killing at least two and injuring many. With over 200 people possibly inside, President Zelensky appeals for enhanced air defenses.

Russian Airstrike Hits Kharkiv Hypermarket With Over 200 Shoppers

A Russian raid has devastated a building products hypermarket located in a residential area of Kharkiv, Ukraine. According to Mayor Igor Terekhov, the attack resulted in at least two deaths, with numerous individuals reported missing and injured. Images posted on Ukrainian social networks displayed the hypermarket engulfed in black smoke. The megastore is situated in a department store area next to a parking lot.

Zelensky Calls for Enhanced Air Defense Systems

In a Telegram post, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized the grave impact of the attack: 'Russia dealt another heavy blow to our Kharkiv - on a construction hypermarket - on Saturday, right in the middle of the day. At the moment, it is known that more than 200 people could be in the hypermarket.' Zelensky stressed that improved air defenses and modern fighter aircraft were crucial to preventing such attacks. He urged international leaders and states to significantly strengthen Ukraine's air defense and combat capabilities.

Additional Strikes on Residential and Educational Facilities

The night before the hypermarket attack, Russian forces also targeted a high school and an apartment building in Kharkiv's Slobid district. Mayor Igor Terekhov reported partial destruction of the high school and damage to the apartment building, with several cars also affected. According to Dmytro Chubenko, spokesperson for the Regional Prosecutor's Office, the attack took place around 1 am and involved ballistic missiles and S-300 long-range missiles. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this specific strike. However, fifteen cars and the facade of a 9-story residential building were damaged. In the Kharkiv district, two missiles landed in open areas without causing injuries or casualties.

Human Toll and Regional Tensions

Oleg Synegoubov, the regional governor, described the attack as 'pure terrorism,' noting that two guided aerial bombs hit the megastore, setting 15,000 square meters ablaze. The city of Kharkiv, which once had a population of 1.5 million, is frequently targeted due to its proximity to the Russian border. The region has been under a ground offensive for more than two weeks. Though Ukraine claimed to have halted this assault, sporadic attacks continue, including one last Thursday that killed seven civilians and destroyed a printing press.

  • The strategic significance of Kharkiv cannot be understated. Located near the Russian border, it has been a consistent target since the onset of the war. The recent spike in attacks indicates an escalation in hostilities.
  • Ukraine's urgent plea for enhanced air defenses and modern fighter jets underscores the country's desperate need for international military support. The outcome of these appeals could have substantial implications for the ongoing conflict.
  • The psychological impact of these sudden and violent attacks on Kharkiv's residents is profound. Many are living in constant fear, unsure when or where the next strike will occur. Humanitarian organizations have stepped up efforts to provide relief, but the needs are immense.
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Refs: | Le Figaro | ANSA |

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