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Russia's missile strike on Kharkiv kills one, wounds 17

17 January, 2024 Wednesday

On Tuesday evening, January 16, Kharkiv faced rocket attacks by Russian terrorists, resulting in one fatality and at least 17 injuries

Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported the explosions in Kharkiv at 9:43 p.m.

"They targeted the heart of the city, precisely where there's no military infrastructure and where people live," stated Terekhov at 10:03 p.m.

According to Kharkiv regional military administration head Ihor Syniehubov at 11:23 p.m., there are 17 known injuries, with 2 women in serious condition and 12 people hospitalized.

Terrorists launched two missiles, previously S-300, at Kharkiv, damaging at least ten residential buildings, preliminary reports indicate.

"Tomorrow, we will assess the damage from today's attack. Rescue teams are still clearing the debris," Terekhov mentioned.

The State Emergency Service reported that one rocket hit a three-story abandoned medical facility, partially destroying it. Emergency services swiftly responded to the incident.

"Upon the firefighters' arrival, several sources of fire were found in two buildings, with a total area of about 60 square meters. Residential and other buildings were also damaged. We rescued one woman and evacuated 30 people," stated rescuers.

Ongoing rescue operations involve 13 fire-rescue units and 70 State Emergency Service rescuers.

Kharkiv region Police Chief Volodymyr Tymoshko confirmed to Suspilne that the rockets struck the road and a three-story residential building in Kharkiv's center, damaging a nearby hospital.

"There are no wounded soldiers, only civilians. Hitting a civilian area in Kharkiv's center, where ordinary residents live, indicates that this is a terrorist act aimed at intimidating and harming the population. It's genocide. This building is an old house," noted Tymoshko.

He added that a fire broke out on two floors of the medical facility opposite the house hit by the rocket. No staff were injured, and there were no patients at the time of the impact.

Dmytro Chubenko, the spokesperson for the regional prosecutor's office, mentioned that there might be another person trapped under the rubble.

Mayor Terekhov, however, reported damage to 19 residential buildings from enemy attacks. Seventeen Kharkiv residents were injured, with 14 hospitalized and one in serious condition. 

Fourteen cars were also damaged. Emergency services are actively working at the site.

Later, the head of the regional military administration revealed details of the consequences of the Russian Federation's night attack: "On January 16, after 9:42 p.m., the occupiers struck Kharkiv with 2 S-300 missiles from the Russian side of Belgorod."

It is reported that 17 civilians were injured in the shelling, including 16 women aged 38 to 90 and a 31-year-old man. Three of them received immediate help. Currently, 13 victims are in the hospital, with a 43-year-old woman in extremely serious condition due to a severe penetrating wound. A 39-year-old woman is also in serious condition, while others are in moderate and mild conditions.

Contrarily, Volodymyr Tymoshko stated that there was a person killed in Kharkiv as a result of the night rocket attack.

"Yesterday, Kharkiv was hit by two S-300 missiles. As a result, 17 people were injured, and 1 person died. All civilians!" Tymoshko wrote.

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