“A Russia dealt another brutal blow against the city of Kharkiv — a construction hypermarket — on Saturday, in the middle of the day,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said on the social network Telegram.

According to the Ukrainian president, at the time “more than 200 people may have been inside the hypermarket”, adding that all emergency services were already on site to assist people and control the fire.

According to regional governor Oleg Synegoubov, at least two people were killed and 24 injured in the airstrike with guided bombs.

“A large number of people are missing. There are many injured,” said mayor Igor Terekhov.

Images posted on social media show the building with a huge column of black smoke and, according to authorities, between 10,000 and 15,000 square meters were on fire.

Zelensky once again appealed to Ukraine’s Western allies to provide more anti-aircraft defense systems to his country.

“If Ukraine had sufficient anti-aircraft defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian attacks would be impossible”, appealed the Ukrainian president, adding that “every day” Ukraine makes an appeal to the world: “Give us a anti-aircraft defense, save the people.”

The city of Kharkiv, which had 1.5 million inhabitants before the war and is located close to the Russian border in northeastern Ukraine, is frequently attacked by Moscow forces, who also launched a ground offensive in the region on May 10.

This offensive allowed Russia to conquer several locations and force Kiev to move reinforcements to that sector.

In his traditional evening speech to the population, Zelensky assured on Friday night that Ukraine had already managed to take “combat control” in the border region.

About 15 Russian missiles struck the city of Kharkiv on Thursday, killing seven civilians and destroying a printing press, according to local authorities.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2568361/pelo-menos-dois-mortos-e-24-feridos-em-ataque-a-hipermercado-em-kharkiv

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