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Six people have died in a missile strike targeting a postal facility in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
The moment a Russian missile struck the #NovaPoshta terminal near #Kharkiv— KyivPost (@KyivPost) October 22, 2023
"Our colleagues spent their last seconds alive helping - sorting parcels with medicine and humanitarian aid for the civilian suffering from the war," wrote Nova Poshta’s official page. pic.twitter.com/NCtU4oqzla
On Saturday, Russian missiles impacted a postal distribution hub in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, leading to the death of six and injuries to at least 14, as reported by Ukrainian authorities. The structure, identified by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as an “ordinary civilian” location, suffered extensive damage, evidenced by a video he shared displaying the compromised infrastructure and the emblem of the country’s Nova Poshta postal service.
The regional Governor, Oleh Syniehubov, conveyed the urgent medical condition of seven of the victims, mentioning that they are “fighting for their lives.” Syniehubov further detailed that the ages of the injured range from 17 to 42 and highlighted the limited reaction time available to the facility’s employees, noting the sirens sounded seconds before the impact.
The regional prosecutor’s office identified the ordnances as two S-300 missiles fired from the Belgorod region in Russia, north of Kharkiv. Kharkiv’s proximity to the Russian border, a mere 20 miles, combined with its distinction as Ukraine’s second-largest city, has previously made it a focus during the early phase of Russia’s invasion in February 2022.
Up to this point, Russia has refrained from commenting on the recent attack and maintained its stance of not intentionally targeting civilian infrastructure or civilians since the onset of the invasion.