KHARKIV, Ukraine – Four Russian missiles hit downtown Kharkiv shortly after midnight on Saturday morning in one of the heaviest attacks in weeks, targeting two complex buildings used by the military. Ukrainian team.
A 45-year-old man was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, said on Telegram.
Three of the rockets landed in the courtyard of the building, and a fourth landed in a park across the street. A rocket has landed on the campus of the city library, an elegant pale yellow plastered building also used by the Academy of Agriculture, where Ukrainian soldiers have been using an annex for months. recently.
On Saturday, uniformed soldiers inspected a crater next to an overturned green bus. Two of the rockets hit another building complex adjacent to the library, severely damaging part of the three-story building and nearby shops. Soldiers in civilian clothes blocked the entrance to the complex’s courtyard when police officials arrived to inspect the damage. The building appears to be an ammunition depot, according to people posting videos of the aftermath of the strikes on social media.
A security guard who lives nearby said he heard an explosion about an hour after the strikes. Videos posted on the city’s Telegram channel show the flames burning and the sounds of explosions.
On the field of the second complex, a rocket carved a crater nearly 10 meters wide. People are carrying green boxes out of a building in another part of the yard. Buildings are also hit by mass attacks in the summer.
The missiles were from the S-300 air defense system, a police investigator at the scene said, as he collected debris from the crater in the park.
The Russian military has increasingly used S-300 missiles over the past few months to strike military and civilian targets across Ukraine, which has launched a coordinated counterattack against Russian positions. Russia on the eastern and southern fronts.
Oleksandr Chubkoand Borys Shelahurov contributed reporting from Kharkiv.