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Nova Poshta updates on condition of employees injured in Russian attack on October 21

24 October, 2023 Tuesday

On Saturday evening, October 21, Russian terrorists struck the Kharkiv region. A missile hit the Nova Poshta terminal in the village of Korotych, killing 6 people and injuring 17. The company has provided updates on the condition of its employees injured in the attack

Nova Poshta reported on the condition of the employees injured in the Russian attack on the company's post office. 

It noted that as of Tuesday, October 24, 16 employees of Nova Poshta are in hospitals: 8 employees are in serious condition, 6 of them are in intensive care.

"We are constantly in touch with them. We communicate with them, their relatives and doctors to provide the necessary assistance quickly," the company said. 

Nova Poshta reported that one of its employees, Oleh, is currently conscious in intensive care. The company gave him crutches to help him move around the hospital, and doctors are preparing a treatment plan for him.

Yevhen, who sustained numerous injuries to his limbs and back from shrapnel, underwent surgery to remove the fragment from his stomach. His condition is stable. 

"As a result of heavy blood loss due to a complex fracture of the shoulder and hip, doctors performed a complex surgery on Maksym and kept him on artificial lung ventilation. Last night he regained consciousness. Today Maksym underwent another surgery and was put into a medically induced sleep. His condition is serious, but stable," the Nova Poshta said. 

The condition of another employee, Bohdan, has also been stabilized. On October 21, he was injured in the hip, shoulder and lungs. He was transferred from the intensive care unit to the ward, and is currently on painkillers. 

Maksym underwent a complicated surgery: fragments were removed from his stomach, liver and intestines. The man's leg was also crushed below the knee, and he needs further treatment. 

"Yevhen is in neurosurgical intensive care with a head injury and lung injury. He was on artificial lung ventilation. He has been in a coma until this morning. Now Yevhen has regained consciousness. Doctors are deciding on a further treatment plan," the company said. 

Yevhen is in stable condition despite a complex leg fracture, chest wound with lung damage and concussion. Mykyta, another employee, has undergone surgery and is preparing for the next one. The man's condition is serious but stable.

Eight more Nova Poshta employees sustained moderate injuries. Two of them, a father and son, were transported to a private clinic for treatment. Several employees also suffered minor injuries and are being treated at home as they do not need hospitalization. 

"Nova Poshta is providing all the necessary assistance to each of the victims, as well as to those who were on shift: we are delivering medicines, psychologists are working with people. Yesterday, the company paid financial assistance to the families of the six killed employees in the amount of UAH 70,000 each. The company will pay UAH 10,000 per month to Dmytro's family, whose son was born in early October, and provide a USD 12,500 education grant until he reaches the age of majority. We always do this for families with children," the company said. 

Nova Poshta added that it will cover the costs of organizing the burial of the victims.  Today, on October 24, the funerals of four employees will be held, and tomorrow - of two.

Viacheslav Klymov, co-owner of the company, commented on Russian fakes about weapons being transported and sorted at the terminal.

"I'm talking in one of our branches right now, and you can see our regular cargo, regular parcels. This is exactly the kind of cargo that was at our post office that was attacked. Of course, there is no question of any weapons. This is a civilian facility. Nova Poshta does not transport any weapons," he said.

Klymov added that Nova Poshta transports goods for charities and volunteers for the military, but there have never been any weapons among them.

Earlier, Olena Plakhova, director of reputation management and marketing at Nova Poshta, wrote the names of the dead employees:

  • Oleksandr Temnikov, 31 years old;
  • Dmytro Herasichkin, 30 years old;
  • Artem Akopov, 21 years old;
  • Olexander Bizhanov, 22 years old;
  • Vladyslav Pankov, 28 years old;
  • Olexiy Yarmola, 23 years old.

"We will definitely tell about everyone. We are in touch with the families. Eternal and bright memory to our colleagues. Our sincere condolences to their families and friends," she wrote.

According to the company's co-founder Volodymyr Popereshniuk, the funeral of the employees killed in the shelling will begin on October 24.

Earlier, the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office reported that 6 people were killed and 17 wounded in a nighttime shelling of Korotych, a town on the outskirts of Kharkiv.

According to their data, 6 people were killed and 17 injured in the nighttime attack on Korotych.

On the afternoon of October 22, another employee of the company sought medical attention for shrapnel wounds. The employee refused to be hospitalized.

Nova Poshta's reaction

"Kharkiv Innovation Post Office. A rocket has just hit it. There are dead and wounded, including seriously injured. They didn't have a chance to run to the shelter because the sirens sounded seconds before. We are currently providing medical assistance to all the victims, and we are in touch with hospitals and the families of the victims. But this, of course, will not bring our people back. Our condolences go out to everyone. Tomorrow, Nova Poshta announces a day of mourning. We will work and honor every fallen hero of Nova Poshta. Every person who died in this war."

Later, Nova Poshta published a video of the last seconds before the enemy shell hit the terminal.

"Our colleagues spent the last seconds of their lives helping - sorting parcels with medicines and humanitarian aid for civilians affected by the war," the post reads.

"Nova Poshta also shared photos of trucks from the destroyed terminal in Kharkiv and refuted the Russian fake that weapons were sorted and armored personnel carriers were stored in the terminal.

"In the Kharkiv terminal, cargoes with food, suitcases with belongings, humanitarian aid, bicycles, tires and wheels were sorted and shipped as usual," the company stated in a press release.

Photo: press service of Nova Poshta

The president's reaction

In his evening address, Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and injured.

"First of all, regarding the Russian attack on the Nova Poshta post office near Kharkiv. The rescue operation has been completed, and all the necessary assistance has been provided to all the victims. There are 17 of them in total. 6 people were killed by this strike. My condolences to the families and friends of the victims," the president said.

The leader emphasized that Ukraine will definitely respond to every manifestation of Russia's terror.

Earlier, the Kharkiv regional police reported that the attack occurred during the night in the village of Korotych. Six people were killed in the attack, 16 others were injured. 

At the time of the incident, there were 22 individuals present at the terminal. Among the victims are men ranging in age from 19 to 43, who have been taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries of varying severity.

Earlier, Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, had reported on the attack on the Nova Poshta terminal. At that point, the number of injured stood at 14 individuals.

The message released states, "As a result of the occupiers' attack on the Nova Poshta terminal in the Kharkiv district, 6 people lost their lives, and 14 others were hospitalized with injuries, including individuals in serious condition. Medical professionals are providing all necessary assistance."

All those affected by this attack were employees who were inside the terminal at the time.

Preliminary information indicates that Russia launched missiles from the S-300 missile complex.

As a result of the strike, a fire broke out on an area of about 300 square meters. The terminal is almost completely destroyed, and trucks are damaged.

A Russian missile hits the Nova Poshta terminal near Kharkiv. Photo: Office of the Prosecutor General

Later, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video of the aftermath of the missile attack on the Nova Poshta terminal.

Also, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov showed what the Nova Poshta terminal near Kharkiv looked like the morning after the Russian missile strikes.

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