Russian missile strikes on Kharkiv kill three, wound 31, including two children (UPDATE)

11 July, 03:24 PM
An enemy rocket completely destroyed one of the entrances of a high-rise building. (Photo:State Emergency Service of Ukraine)

An enemy rocket completely destroyed one of the entrances of a high-rise building. (Photo:State Emergency Service of Ukraine)

At least three people were killed and another 31 injured, including two children aged four and 16, as a result of three Russian missile strikes on the city of Kharkiv, head of Kharkiv regional military administration Oleh Synyehubov reported on Telegram on July 11.

All of the wounded have been hospitalized, he said.

According to first responders, one of the missiles hit a six-story residential building in the city’s Osnovyansky District. As a result of the explosion, the entrance of the building was completely destroyed. 

An 86-year-old woman living in an apartment on the second floor of the building was rescued from the rubble. There were no casualties as a result of the attack.

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Two other missiles hit a courtyard near a warehouse building in Osnovyansky District, as well as a school building in the Slobidsky District of the city.

Across Kharkiv Oblast 11 fires broke out due to enemy shelling. Rescuers extinguished five of them in the oblast’s Chuhuyivskyi District, five in Izyumskyi District, and one in Bohodukhivskyi District.

A residential building, utility buildings, industrial buildings, a car, a landfill and grass in an open area were set on fire by the shelling.

Synyehubov said in his Telegram message that the missiles fired by the Russian military had hit only civilian objects. Reports of casualties from the strikes are being verified.

For weeks, Russia has been regularly launching missile strikes on the city of Kharkiv and the oblast. The strikes seldom, if ever, strike any objects of military significance. Instead, their aim appears to be to terrorize the civilian population in the area.

According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Russian invading forces still plan to occupy the whole of Kharkiv Oblast.

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