A total of 17 citizens were killed and 42 were injured in two separate Russian attacks on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the regional governor announced on Thursday.
Local emergency service revealed that three people were killed and 17 wounded in a pre-dawn rocket strike. This followed a Russian attack on Kharkiv on Wednesday, in which the emergencies service initially announced 12 people dead.
Governor Oleh Synehubov pointed out that more bodies had been discovered as rescuers picked their way through destroyed houses.
“As of now, 17 people have died in Kharkiv … and 42 people have been injured,” Synehubov wrote on Telegram, describing the attacks as “an act of terrorism”.
In addition, he stated that two people were killed on Thursday in a rocket attack on the town of Krasnohrad in Ukraine’s second-largest city.
Resident Tamara Kramarenko mentioned the dormitory where she lived had been hit by a missile on Wednesday. “Bang, grey. Grey fog … we got three windows – nothing else left! The stairs started collapsing, people started helping each other,” she told Reuters.
On his part, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Wednesday’s attack on Kharkiv as a “devious and cynical strike on civilians with no justification”. “We cannot forgive. We will avenge it,” Zelenskyy affirmed.
Meanwhile, Russia denies deliberately targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.