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75-year-old woman becomes 9th victim of Russian strike in Kharkiv on 31 May

According to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, the city requires at least two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems.
75-year-old woman becomes 9th victim of Russian strike in Kharkiv on 31 May
Aftermath after Russian missile strike on Kharkiv, 31 May 2024. Photo: the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office
75-year-old woman becomes 9th victim of Russian strike in Kharkiv on 31 May

A 75-year-old woman became the 9th victim of a Russian missile strike on a 5-story apartment building in Kharkiv on the night of 31. 

“The body of the 9th victim was found between the destroyed building and a garage. It is likely that during the direct hit of the missile, the woman was thrown from her apartment onto the street and buried under the debris of the destroyed entrance,” the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported on Telegram.

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Among the deceased were four women and four men, one of whom was 29-year-old Ivan Kharchenko, a footballer from the local FC Metalist 1925.

29-year-old footballer Ivan Kharchenko. Photo: FC Metalist-1925 via Facebook

Russian forces launched five guided S-300/S-400 missiles from the Russian Belgorod Oblast, targeting Kharkiv. As a result, a 5-story residential building suffered extensive damage. In addition to the nine fatalities, 26 people were injured. The rescue operation is over.

Kharkiv is located very close to the border with Russia. Due to this proximity and the lack of adequate air defense systems, Russia relentlessly shells the city daily. According to Ukrainian authorities, the city requires at least two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems to protect its citizens from such attacks.

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