Nighttime artillery fire claims lives of five civilians in Kharkiv

20 March 2022, 11:51 AM

Five Kharkiv residents, including a nine-year-old boy, have been killed by Russian shelling in the city’s industrial district overnight, regional police chief Vyacheslav Markov said on March 20.

On March 17, a local pharmacist, Nataliya Demidenko, was killed by the Russians in the town of Kozachya in Kharkiv oblast. She was working that day to provide distressed locals with vital medicines. Demidenko is survived by two children.

Kharkiv, located about 50 kilometers from the Russian border, has been a flashpoint of the war, and Russian shelling has been ongoing against the city since the start of the invasion. While no confirmed casualty numbers are available yet, employees of the local city morgues say that they have run out of coffins for the dead.

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