At least two people died in the Russian attack on Kharkiv

Volodymyr Zelensky in Oslo / Photo EPA-EFE/Javad Parsa /

At least two people died and 24 were injured today in a Russian attack on a hypermarket for construction products in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, where there were more than 200 people at the time of the attack, said the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Russia dealt another brutal blow to our city of Kharkiv - a construction hypermarket - today, in broad daylight," Zelensky wrote on Telegram.

"Right now we know there may have been more than 200 people in the hypermarket. "All services are already on the ground to help rescue people and put out the fire," he added.

According to regional governor Oleg Sinegubov, at least two people died and 24 were injured in this attack carried out using two air bombs.

A large number of people are missing, there are many injured," said the mayor of Kharkiv, Igor Terekhov.

According to the authorities, 10.000 to 15.000 square meters of warehouse and sales space are on fire.

Zelensky once again called on Western allies to provide more air defense systems to Ukraine.

"If Ukraine had enough air defense systems and modern fighter jets, such Russian attacks would not be possible," he added.

The city of Kharkiv, which before the war had a population of 1,5 million and is located near the Russian border in northeastern Ukraine, is regularly targeted by Russian forces.

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