Ukraine: Death toll rises to 16 in the attack on a hypermarket in Kharkiv | The Russian attack would have destroyed “a military warehouse and a command post”

Ukraine: Death toll rises to 16 in the attack on a hypermarket in Kharkiv | The Russian attack would have destroyed “a military warehouse and a command post”
Ukraine: Death toll rises to 16 in the attack on a hypermarket in Kharkiv | The Russian attack would have destroyed “a military warehouse and a command post”

The death toll in the Russian attack on Saturday against an Epicenter chain hypermarket in Kharkivin the northeast of Ukraine, rose to 16 and the number of injured to 43while eight people are still missingUkrainian authorities reported. The head of the Regional Military Administration, Oleg Siniegúbov, noted on his Telegram channel that among the deceased were a 12-year-old girl and her mother.

The Minister of the Interior, Igor Klimenko, assured that “it took more than 16 hours to extinguish the fire.” Klimenko indicated that forensics and investigators were still working to identify bodies among the ruins of the shop, located on the outskirts of Kharkiv, and about 200 rescuers were searching for more bodies in the rubble.

Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, It is located in the northeast of the country just a dozen kilometers from the border with Russia. According to Russia’s state news agency TASS, which cited a security source, a missile attack destroyed “a military warehouse and a command post” inside the store on Saturday.

On May 10, Moscow launched a ground offensive in Kharkiv, which allowed it to conquer several towns and forced kyiv to send reinforcements to the sector. Ukraine assured on Friday that it managed to stop the Russian advance. However, Russia claimed responsibility on Sunday for taking the town of Berestove in Kharkiv, located on the eastern front line and near the Lugansk region.

The Ukrainian air force said Russia launched another 14 missiles and more than 30 attack drones into the country, adding that it shot down all but two of the missiles. In the central region of Vinnytsia, fragments from a downed drone injured three people and damaged houses and residential buildings, according to regional authorities.

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, urged his counterparts in the United States, Joe Biden, and ChinaXi Jinping, to attend a summit in Switzerland on the war in June in his country. “The efforts of the global majority are the best guarantee that all commitments will be fulfilled,” Zelensky stressed. The conference, which Russia will not attend, will be held on June 15 and 16 in the city of Lucerne.

Zelensky will meet this Monday in Madrid with the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, with whom he is expected to sign a bilateral security agreement. and will hold a meeting with the king. He will then attend a luncheon held in his honor and visit Congress.

 
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