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Russian attacks on Kharkiv and the region kill one and wound 17, officials say

By Vitalii Hnidyi

KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian attacks on Orthodox Easter Sunday killed a woman buried under rubble and wounded 17 in the northeastern city of Kharkiv and the surrounding region, regional officials said.

Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said on messaging app Telegram that six people were injured in a nighttime drone attack on the Osnovyanskyi district of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Ten others were injured later in the day in an aerial bomb attack on the city center.

“The next time it could hit my house. Why did it hit here? Who is here anyway? And on such a holy day. How? I can’t understand it at all…” said Natalia Avilova-Patrikeyeva outside a apartment building with shattered balconies and windows blown out.

“I thought it would be quiet at least on this day. At four in the morning there was also a strike. I don’t sleep, I don’t sleep at all.”

Kharkiv endured a weeks-long Russian onslaught in the early days of Russia’s February 2022 invasion and has been the target of regular attacks in recent weeks.

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Russia says it is not targeting civilian locations, but the attacks have hit apartment buildings, schools and medical facilities.

Stunned residents milled around the courtyard of an apartment building or examined rubble in apartments or stairwells. Forensic experts combed the ground for shrapnel.

“The blast wave kicked out the door and I hid under the table. When I realized what happened, there was smoke everywhere,” said resident Roza Kuzmenko.

“A woman from our block was injured, the ambulance took her away. Thank God I only have a scratch (on my arm).”

Syniehubov also reported the death of an 88-year-old woman in the shelling of the village of Monachynivka, east of Kharkiv. Her body was recovered from the rubble of a house. A man was injured.

(Reporting by Vitalii Hnidyi, writing by Ron Popeski; editing by Andrea Ricci)

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