At around 22:30 on 10 January, Russian forces hit the Kyiv district in central Kharkiv with missiles, Oblast Chief Oleg Syniehubov reported. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said two missiles hit a hotel downtown, where 30 civilians were staying. The missile strike injured 11 of them. Initial reports suggest the missiles were the ballistic S-300s.
Russia carries out ballistic missile strikes on Kharkiv City almost every day, targeting it from nearby Belgorod Olbast. With the missile approach time counting in a few minutes and the high velocity of the air targets, Ukrainian air defenses protecting the city cannot repel such attacks.
“Turkish journalists were among the injured. All eleven are now in hospitals, one in a very serious condition,” Terekhov wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Syniehubov added that as of 1 a.m., the injury toll was at eleven, with 4 of the victims being men aged 31 to 38, and seven women aged 23 to 71. Earlier he noted that the missiles didn’t hit the hotel but exploded near it.
“Nine victims were taken to medical institutions. Currently, one of the victims, a 35-year-old man, is in serious condition, eight patients are in moderate and light condition, and two were treated on the spot,” Syniehobov reported.
Terekhov noted that the attack also damaged residential buildings, a municipal one and a detached home, and a car dealership and a production facility. Syniehubov added that several cars also caught fire.
The State Emergency Service’s first responders continued dismantling the rubble, and utility companies were cleaning the street from the aftermath of the strike as of 1 a.m.
On 30 December 2023, Russia attacked another hotel in central Kharkiv, injuring 17 civilians, including a minor and a journalist from the United Kingdom.
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