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Police identifies body of 8-year-old boy’s father, earlier reported missing after Russian strike

On 25 May, Russians attacked the construction hypermarket Epicenter in Kharkiv, killing 18 people, including Oleksandr, a 38-year-old employee of the hypermarket, whose son took a DNA test to identify his father’s body.
8-year-old Mykhailo doing a DNA test after Russian attack on hypermarket in Kharkiv.
8-year-old Mykhailo doing a DNA test after Russian attack on hypermarket in Kharkiv. Source: National Police of Ukraine
Police identifies body of 8-year-old boy’s father, earlier reported missing after Russian strike

Ukrainian police identified through DNA analysis the body of 8-year-old boy’s father, who died during the Russian strike on the Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv on 25 May, according to the National Police of Ukraine 

On 26 May, the police posted a photo of an 8-year-old boy Mykhailo, providing a DNA sample to identify his father, who went missing after the Russian strike. DNA samples were taken from the child, as he is a direct relative of the deceased man.

On 28 May, criminalists confirmed that the previously found body belongs to Mykhailo’s father. His name was Oleksandr. He was 38-year-old and worked at the hypermarket.

The police identified 18 victims of the Russian attack as of 28 May,  including  12 employees of the hypermarket and four visitors, according to the Office of the Prosecutor General. 50 people were injured. 2 people remain missing. Rescuers continue to clear the rubble of the destroyed hypermarket. 

Russian strike on hypermarket in Kharkiv

On 25 May, Russian forces attacked the Epicenter construction hypermarket in Kharkiv, resulting in the deaths of 18 people, including a 12-year-old girl. 

Update: Kharkiv hypermarket death toll rises to 16, among them a child

The hypermarket was destroyed by guided aerial bombs and missiles. The attack occurred during a busy weekday when the hypermarket had over 200 people inside.

Additionally, the center of Kharkiv was hit on the same day, causing further casualties and significant damage to various civilian structures.

27 May was declared a day of mourning in Kharkiv for those who died.


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