Ukraine: Russia strike on hardware store kills at least 17, injures 48 others News
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Ukraine: Russia strike on hardware store kills at least 17, injures 48 others

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office said on Sunday that a Russian strike on a hardware store in Kharkiv, Ukraine a day before killed and injured at least 17 and 48 people, respectively. Five people also remain missing. The victims of the strike were employees and customers of the store.

The attack by Russian troops took place in a residential area, where no military facilities were available nearby. This caused explosions and a fire that engulfed the store. According to Mayor of Kharkiv Ihor Terekhov, the attack was aimed at a densely populated civilian area.

Before this strike, Russia also attacked the settlement of Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi, which is located in the Kharkiv region. This led to the wounding of five people and damaging of ambulances and civilian vehicles.

Many settlements in the Kharkiv region have been the subject of shelling and attacks. On May 5, at least one person was killed and 24 others were reportedly injured as a result of Russian attacks during the Orthodox Easter Sunday festivities in Kharkiv and surrounding areas. The shelling in the area caused extensive damage to various buildings, including apartment blocks, residential buildings, garages, cafes and medical facilities. The attacks were reportedly carried out using guided bombs, one of the most common weapons used by Russian military forces in the shelling of the northwestern region of Ukraine during the full-scale invasion that started in February 2022.

According to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, 10,810 and 20,556 people have been killed and injured in Ukraine since February 24, 2022, respectively. In addition, at least 604 people were killed or injured in Ukraine in March this year as a result of “attacks by the Russian armed forces using missiles and loitering munitions across Ukraine and increased aerial bombardments near the frontline.”